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NACDS adds to its government affairs team

By Brian Berk - 12/13/2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores added to its government affairs team with the hires of William Tighe as vice president of federal government affairs and Amber Manko as director of federal government affairs. Tighe reports to Tom O’Donnell, NACDS’ senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. He began his new position with NACDS on Dec. 12. Manko started with NACDS on Nov. 28 and reports to Tighe.


Tighe most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. Previously, he served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), where he held progressively responsible leadership roles, and for former Rep. George W. Gekas (R-Pa.).


“We are very pleased that Bill will soon join NACDS’ respected and successful advocacy team,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson. “Bill’s policy expertise, forged on Capitol Hill where he led top congressional offices as chief of staff, positions him well to serve as NACDS’ lead legislative advocate. We welcome Bill at a critical policy and legislative juncture, as NACDS prepares to work collaboratively with a new administration and a new Congress to advance pro-patient, pro-pharmacy legislative priorities.”


Manko most recently served as director of federal affairs at CAPG, a trade association focused on helping physician groups improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Manko worked with congressional leaders on key Medicare and healthcare issues.


“Amber brings invaluable and timely experience on issues that will be front-and-center in 2017 and well into the future. Her in-depth knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and health insurance issues will prove essential as NACDS positions itself to serve as a resource on sound policies in a new political landscape,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson. “Her hands-on experience with some of the most complex, relevant and vital issues facing the healthcare system in the United States today brings added value to NACDS members, and we are excited to welcome her to the team.”