Sue Pechilio Polis is responsible for directing the health and wellness portfolio for the National League of Cities (NLC) as part of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The portfolio includes efforts to combat childhood obesity and build a culture of health through the strong engagement of mayors and city leaders. Prior to the National League of Cities, Mrs. Polis led the development and management of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) external relations and strategic partnership efforts in support of the organization’s public policy goals. She oversaw the development of the web-based Healthy Communities Navigator tool and multi-sector stakeholder efforts to improve community health.
Prior to joining TFAH, Mrs. Polis worked at AARP on health and financial security-related issues with an emphasis on legislative advocacy campaigns, strategic planning and evaluation. Mrs. Polis was the founding National Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the American Heart Association. She was responsible for the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan that led to significant growth of the organization’s advocacy capacity in support of public policy objectives at the federal and state levels. Mrs. Polis background also includes consulting on health, environmental and tobacco-related issues campaigns and overseeing political programs for a life insurance industry trade association. Mrs. Polis began her career in New Jersey as a paralegal with the firm of Crummy, DelDeo, Dolan, Griffinger and Vecchione and is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a major in political science. She lives with her husband and two children in the Washington, DC area.