Kristen Santiago has substantial experience working in the healthcare industry in roles in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. As Senior Director of Public Policy Initiatives for LUNGevity Foundation, Kristen is focused on breaking down barriers to patient access to high-quality care and treatment innovation. In her role, Kristen participates on a variety of committees and advisory boards to represent the interests and perspectives of lung cancer patients, presents at Capitol Hill briefings, submits letters to legislators, regulators, and independent organizations seeking patient input, and convenes multi-stakeholder meetings to resolve complex issues that hinder patient access to diagnostics and the most advanced therapeutics. In Kristen’s previous positions include: Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy for the Cancer Support Community; Director, Strategic Initiatives & Outreach for C-Change; as well as positions with TAP and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kristen earned a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management at American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University and is driven by a strong personal desire to impact the health status and quality of life of individuals through strategic alliance development and advocacy.