Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2009

TFAH’s Richard Hamburg Moves Up to Deputy Director, TFAH Adds New Staff

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) announced today that Richard Hamburg has been promoted to Deputy Director and will oversee public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations.  Hamburg has been Director of Government Relations at TFAH for the past five years.  Kim Elliott, who served as Deputy Director at TFAH for nearly seven years, recently left the organization to join the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products as Associate Director for Program Coordination. 

TFAH has also added two new staff members, Tiffany Henry as Finance, Compliance and Human Resources Manager, and Courtney Pastorfield as Public Health Policy Associate, and Lauren Ferguson has been promoted to Office Manager and Grants Administrator.

"We are thrilled to have Rich Hamburg move into the role of Deputy Director here at TFAH," said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH.  "He's one of the most dedicated and effective advocates for public health and disease prevention in the country, and I know he'll bring enthusiasm and expertise to his new position.

"We are also excited to be welcoming Courtney Pastorfield and Tiffany Henry to our team, and congratulate Lauren Ferguson on her new role," Levi continued.  "Courtney's rare blend of hands-on and policy experience will be a great addition to our policy group as we start to think about how health reform could impact the future of public health, and Tiffany's strong nonprofit financial and compliance background and Lauren's organizational skills will make sure we keep TFAH buttoned-up and focused."

  • Richard Hamburg has more than 25 years of experience as a leading health policy advocate.  He has lead TFAH's efforts to ensure disease prevention is a centerpiece of 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, Hamburg served in a number of roles with the American Heart Association (AHA), including as its national Director of Government Relations. At AHA, 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 leader in public access to defibrillation advocacy.  He is also a past Director of Government Affairs at AHA's New York City affiliate.  A native New Yorker, 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.
  • Courtney Pastorfield, as Public Health Policy Associate, will focus on how proposed health reform legislation could impact public health in the United States.  Prior to joining TFAH, Pastorfield developed and implemented global health promotion programs for Special Olympic athletes as part of the Healthy Athletes initiative, served as a staff member on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children and Families under Chairman Senator Christopher Dodd, and worked in the Senate office of former Governor and TFAH Board President Lowell Weicker, Jr.  Pastorfield is a public health nurse and co-founded the Cornell University Khao-I-Dang medical relief team, charged with serving Cambodian refugees that fled the Pol Pot regime to holding centers along the Thailand border, where she provided volunteer nursing care and coordinated partner medical teams in the U.S. for the program's two year duration.  She has a BA in Economics and Political Science, and a BSN from Cornell University
  • Tiffany Henry, as Financial, Human Resources and Compliance Manager at Trust for America's Health, will be responsible for all income and expenses for the organization, budgeting, payroll and employee benefits.  She comes to TFAH with extensive experience in compliance and financial management for non-profits and political committees.  Prior to joining TFAH, Henry served as Finance Director for the Women's Information Network and Compliance Manager for Public Affairs Support Services, Inc.  Her background also includes active involvement in Maryland state and local politics.  Henry is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in English and minor in Political Science.
  • Lauren Ferguson, as Office Manager and Grants Administrator, will be responsible for TFAH's day-to-day office and grant reports and process.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ferguson interned for U.S. Representative Sue Myrick before joining TFAH. 




Elle Hogan
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