NACDS said Tighe joined the association on Dec. 12, while Manko had started in her post on Nov. 28. She reports to Tighe, and he reports to Tom O’Donnell, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy.
Most recently, Tighe served as chief of staff to Rep. Tom Marino (R., Pa.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. Previously, he was chief of staff for former Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) and former Rep. George Gekas (R., Pa.).
“We are very pleased that Bill will soon join NACDS’ respected and successful advocacy team,” NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. “Bill’s policy expertise, forged on Capitol Hill where he led top congressional offices as chief of staff, positions him well to serve as NACDS’ lead legislative advocate. We welcome Bill at a critical policy and legislative juncture, as NACDS prepares to work collaboratively with a new administration and a new Congress to advance pro-patient, pro-pharmacy legislative priorities.”
Manko comes to NACDS after serving as director of federal affairs at CAPG, a trade association that helps physician groups improve health care delivery and patient outcomes. She worked with congressional leaders on key Medicare and health care issues.
Before starting at CAPG earlier this year, Manko was a director of federal affairs and political programs at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where she advocated Congress on issues affecting the health care industry, including the Affordable Care Act, cybersecurity and Medicare programs.
“Amber brings invaluable and timely experience on issues that will be front-and-center in 2017 and well into the future. Her in-depth knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and health insurance issues will prove essential as NACDS positions itself to serve as a resource on sound policies in a new political landscape,” Anderson stated. “Her hands-on experience with some of the most complex, relevant and vital issues facing the health care system in the United States today brings added value to NACDS members, and we are excited to welcome her to the team.”