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Senior Vice President: Government Affairs 


Merrill Press is Senior Vice President of Johnston Associates and Director of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Merrill has over 20-years of experience in federal government relations, negotiating legislative and executive branch issues on behalf of her clients. These clients include healthcare providers, patient groups, disability issue advocates, health information technology and mobile health firms, community groups, pharmaceutical companies and state and national associations.


Merrill’s specialty is her work with Community Health Centers, Primary Care Associations and with the National Association of Community Health Centers, identifying funding opportunities, managing resolution of legislative or regulatory matters, and advocating for major policy changes such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 


As Executive Director of Health eVillages, Merrill manages the non-profit’s global health programs, as well as its U.S. programs focused on Community Health Centers, social services agencies and rural aging initiatives. Health eVillages’ mission is to empower healthcare providers to improve global health and well-being through the delivery of mobile technology and community-focused solutions. Health eVillages has been honored for its life-saving impact in the U.S., Haiti, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and in June 2013 was featured in an Apple film “Making a difference. One app at a time.”


Prior to joining Johnston Associates and Health eVillages, Merrill was a successful fundraiser and event planner at the non-profit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in Washington, D.C.  A Florida native, Merrill has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University. Merrill and her husband, Andrew Press, live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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