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Nicole Hayes, MPA, is Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Medical Ethics, and she serves as CMDA’s Director of State Public Policy. She joined CMDA in August 2018 to serve as the Washington, D.C. Area Director. Nicole also serves with CMDA’s Racism, Reconciliation, Equality and Diversity (R2ED) Committee to help advance biblical justice and reconciliation, particularly in healthcare. Nicole has more than 15 years’ experience as a public relations professional who has provided strategic communications and media relations to elevate awareness of educational, health, racial disparity issues for small business, government and non-profit clients. Nicole received her bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her master of public administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Anna Pilato has spent much of her career in public service at the federal and state levels working on issues including conscience freedoms, foster care/adoption, human trafficking, etc. Before joining CMDA as Director of Federal Public Policy, Ms. Pilato was a presidential appointee in the Trump Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She also served on the 2016 Presidential Transition Team. She served Governor Sam Brownback (2011-2015) as Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department for Children and Families, addressing the needs of vulnerable families and spearheading an anti-human trafficking initiative. She was a presidential appointee for George W. Bush and was Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at HHS. Previously, she served three years as Director of Administration in Presidential Correspondence at the White House. Ms. Pilato earned her BA in political science from Nazareth College and holds an MA in counseling from Regent University.

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