The mission of the Protect Our Care Education Fund is to protect and strengthen health care in America by increasing coverage, lowering costs, and addressing racial, ethnic and other inequities in our health care system. We will make health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans.
The Protect Our Care Education Fund (POCEF) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of Protect Our Care that engages in research, public education, citizen engagement and policy development to empower Americans to advocate for better, more equitable and more affordable health care.
Leslie Dach, Founder and Chair
Brad Woodhouse, Executive Director
Luke Albee, Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor
Tanya Bjork, States Director and Senior Advisor
Ellen Doneski, Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor
Sean England, Digital Director
Kelsey Evans, Research Assistant
Matt Farrey, Chief Development Officer
Jesse Ferguson, General Strategist
Yvette Fontenot, Policy and Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor
Mitch Harle, Development Manager
Francisco Hernandez, Digital Content Producer
Francisco Hernandez is the Digital Content Producer for Protect Our Care. Prior to this, he has spent time working for various organizations and companies developing social media content and strategy. His most recent position was as Digital Producer for Made to Save, a COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness campaign. Francisco graduated from Columbia University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Archaeology.
Adam Hoyer, National Organizing Director
Ashlyn Kelly, Press Assistant
Ashlyn Kelly joined Protect Our Care as a Press Assistant in October 2022. She graduated from Framingham State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and minors in Political Science and Journalism in May 2022. Prior to joining Protect Our Care, she interned on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s press team in 2021 and was a field fellow on Senator Ed Markey’s successful reelection campaign in 2020.
Brandon Lighty, Research Associate
Brandon Lighty joined the Protect Our Care war room in August of 2022 as a Research Associate. Before joining Protect Our Care, he studied International Affairs and History at the University of Colorado, Boulder and began political policy work for both national and international non-profits. He entered domestic U.S. politics through the Human Rights Campaign then proceeded to run national Democratic field campaigns in Massachusetts and Indiana for the 2020 and 2021 election seasons. Once these cycles were over he began editing and writing state legislative policy focused on expanding civil legal rights and worker cooperative development.
Anne Morris Reid, Policy and Health Equity Senior Advisor
Anne has nearly 15 years of experience in the federal legislative and executive branches of government and non-profit sector, with proven success providing strategic, inclusive, and incisive leadership of teams. For the first year of the Biden-Harris Administration, Anne was Deputy Chief of Staff at HHS where she led the successful confirmation of Secretary Xavier Becerra, managed operations for the Secretary’s front office, and served as a co-lead for HHS’s return to the workplace planning. Prior to this tenure at HHS, Anne was Deputy for Public Health on the HHS Agency Review Team during the Biden-Harris Transition, focusing on non-COVID public health and human services issues, including health equity. Her additional federal experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to Senator Elizabeth Warren; Counselor to then-HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell during the Obama-Biden Administration (covering CDC, HRSA, and SAMHSA issues); Health, Education, and Labor Legislative Assistant to Senator Chris Coons; and professional staff on the Energy & Commerce Committee (including during health reform). Anne’s non-federal experience includes staffing the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a National Public Health System and working at Co-Equal and Vision To Learn. Anne earned a Master of Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she was inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.