New faces grace the VA Government Relations team this fall. Please help us welcome Amy Hewett, Sr. Government Relations Director, and Robin Gahan, VA Government Relations Director.
Amy Hewett joined AHA’s advocacy team in September. She has significant legislative, advocacy and grassroots experience with the Virginia General Assembly from prior work with the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure at MSV, Amy managed the society’s grassroots program, prepared MSV’s government affairs communications, and staffed the political action and legislative committees.
Amy started her career in Washington, D.C. working for the U.S. Department of Transportation. She also served as a detailee to a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation. Following her work in government, Amy was introduced to association management and government relations at the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry. (Yes, she can tell you the difference between a tugboat and a towboat.)
Amy graduated cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a degree in government.
Robin Gahan joined AHA’s advocacy team in November, and is particularly dedicated to improving public policy to ensure health equity across the Commonwealth. Her previous experience with the Virginia General Assembly through her work at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness brings a unique slant to her legislative, advocacy and grassroots talents.
Robin has over 10 years of experience working primarily with nonprofits in diverse settings where she worked on a variety of human need issues including healthcare, mental health, and homelessness. Early in her social work practice working directly with individuals and families, she recognized the need for systemic level change in order to improve the lives and, ultimately, the health of persons in need.
Robin holds a Master of Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice as well as a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in African American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
As we prepare for a lively upcoming General Assembly session, be on the lookout for communications and opportunities to help the team drive policy changes forward for our fellow Virginia citizens.
(l-r in photo) Amy Hewett and Robin Gahan