Shelley Fuld Nasso has joined the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) as Senior Director of Policy, with responsibility for leading public policy activities, patient education, and other programs. Ms. Fuld Nasso previously served as Director of Public Policy and Director of Public and Medical Affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She brings to NCCS more than two decades of leadership in the fields of non-profits, philanthropy, and management consulting where she held a variety of roles, including Director of Community Philanthropy with The Dallas Foundation and Director of Strategy for MEplusYOU, a marketing agency in Dallas.
“Shelley brings to NCCS years of experience in public policy and medical affairs, knowledge of cancer policy issues, and strong relationships with cancer support and advocacy organizations. NCCS and the cancer survivors we serve are fortunate to have the benefit of Shelley’s skills, experience, and knowledge,” said NCCS Executive Director Nina Wendling. “Our Board and staff welcome Shelley back to the cancer community where we will benefit not only from her health policy expertise, but from her collaborative disposition to work with NCCS Board and staff who are dedicated to assuring quality cancer care for all.”
As Senior Director of Public Policy, Ms. Fuld Nasso will lead NCCS activities, including:
- Advocating in Congress and federal agencies for reform of Medicare and other health care systems to ensure cancer care planning and coordination and the empowerment of patients as health care decision-makers;
- Representing cancer survivors in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to guarantee that insurance coverage meets the lifelong needs of cancer survivors and to encourage health system reforms that promote and protect quality, affordable care;
- Convening survivors, physicians, researchers and others to investigate solutions to problems related to cancer drug development, access to quality care, and the development of a sustainable system of cancer care;
- Articulating the concerns and interests of cancer survivors in policy efforts that relate to cancer care delivery and access, including involvement in regulatory and legislative proposals and initiatives.
In accepting this position for NCCS, Ms. Fuld Nasso expressed both her personal and professional interest in working in the area of cancer quality improvement. “Cancer has touched me on a personal level, as I lost my closest friend, Dr. Brent Whitworth, to renal cell carcinoma last year. I witnessed and supported him in his experience with clinical trials, treatment decision-making, palliative care, and ultimately end-of-life care. I am passionate about advocating for quality cancer care and representing the interests of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in public policy debates,” said Ms. Fuld Nasso.
Ms. Fuld Nasso is a graduate of Rice University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.