Robert J. Egge is the Alzheimer's Association's vice president of public policy and advocacy. With specific policy and analytical experience in Alzheimer's and other related healthcare issues, Mr. Egge leads the Association's efforts to elevate Alzheimer's as a critical federal and state government priority and implement policies to better serve those affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Chief among these priorities is increasing federal funding for research and care programs, while also advancing Alzheimer's disease policy planning and coordination at the Federal and state levels.
In his previous position as executive director of the Alzheimer's Study Group, Mr. Egge developed a strong command of the broad range of opportunities and challenges before the nation posed by the mounting Alzheimer's disease crisis. The Alzheimer's Study Group, a blue ribbon task force of national leaders co-chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, was created to develop a national strategic plan to address Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Egge worked closely with Gingrich, Kerrey and other Alzheimer's Study Group members to shape and develop the group's national assessment, strategy and specific policy proposals.
Prior to his position as Alzheimer's Study Group Executive Director, he served as project director at the Center for Health Transformation. In this position, he worked extensively with the Congress, executive branch, and state governments on key policy initiatives related to Alzheimer's disease, as well as cancer, diabetes and long-term care.
Before joining the Center for Health Transformation, Mr. Egge was vice president of public affairs at the JC Watts Companies (JCWC), where he counseled and represented the organization's government affairs clients from a variety of industries. While at JCWC, he also served as an associate faculty member at George Mason University and authored a policy analysis textbook used in graduate courses.
A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, Mr. Egge currently is completing his doctoral studies in healthcare policy at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.
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