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Richard Hamburg is Deputy Director at Trust for Americaâ??s Health (TFAH). He oversees public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations, and has more than 25 years of experience as a leading health policy advocate. He previously served as the organizationâ??s Director of Government Relations. He has led TFAH's efforts to ensure disease prevention is a centerpiece of national health reform, and has been instrumental in TFAH's work on obesity prevention, building national pandemic flu and public health emergency response capabilities, and increasing support for public health priorities and budgets.
Prior to TFAH, Mr. Hamburg served as the American Heart Associationâ??s (AHA) national Director of Government Relations. At AHA, Mr. Hamburg managed the daily operations of an extensive federal legislative and regulatory program, represented AHA on health topics ranging from healthcare reform to tobacco control, directed targeted national advocacy campaigns, developed and coordinated a grassroots network of over 50,000 members, and supervised a team of government relations professionals. He was a recognized national leader in public access to defibrillation advocacy. He is also a past Director of Government Affairs at AHA's New York City affiliate. Earlier in his career, he served as staff director to New York State Assemblyman Denis J. Butler.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Hamburg is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, from which he received a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration.