ASTRO: Assistant Director of Congressional Relations: Employee
Margarita Valdez works to promote the Society’s legislative priorities to members of Congress, focusing on issues including patient access to affordable, high-quality health care, stable Medicare payments for physicians and increased funding for cancer research. She also helps organize ASTRO’s annual Advocacy Day, where Society members from across the country travel to Washington to meet with their federal legislators to discuss issues affecting radiation oncology and cancer patients.
Prior to joining ASTRO, Valdez worked as director of government relations for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, where she developed strategies to implement legislative priorities set by its Board of Directors and coordinated the congressional strategy to secure $120 million in funding for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. She also worked as the senior director of congressional relations at the American Health Information Management Association, where she was the association’s principal representative to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and worked for nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill in various policy positions.
Wednesday, October 24
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM