Stephanie Krenrich and Liezl Perez Schewe Join ACH’s Policy and Programming Teams
WASHINGTON – Advocates for Community Health (ACH)—a national membership organization for federally qualified health centers focused on visionary and innovative policy initiatives—welcomed two veteran policy and programming professionals to its team. Stephanie Krenrich joins ACH as its senior vice president of policy and government affairs and Liezl Perez Schewe is the organization’s director of programs and engagement. ACH has seen rapid membership growth in 2022, prompting the recently launched nonprofit to expand as it prepares for 2023. Currently, ACH has nearly 30 members representing 12 states and Puerto Rico and provide critical care to more than 2.3 million patients annually in underserved communities.
“Our members, and health centers nationwide, are facing an unprecedented combination of challenges—from overlapping health crises to workforce and funding shortages,” said ACH CEO Amanda Pears Kelly. “As we pursue historic investments and innovative legislative solutions that will ensure health centers can fulfill their mission, Stephanie and Liezl bring valuable policy and member engagement expertise to our team.”
Krenrich brings more than 20 years of advocacy and policy experience to her role. She will be responsible for the development and execution of government relations strategies and the day-to-day management of government relations at the state and federal levels. Before joining ACH, Krenrich was senior director of federal advocacy at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) where she helped lead the organization’s federal relations team and served as lead lobbyist on issues related to access to quality, affordable care. Prior to this, Krenrich served as assistant director of policy and advocacy at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she was the organization’s lead federal lobbyist. She began her career on Capitol Hill in legislative roles for U.S. Representatives Lane Evans, Bill Pascrell, Jr., and Peter Welch.
Krenrich holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from New York University and a master’s degree in government from John’s Hopkins University.
Perez Schewe has extensive experience managing and developing programs and conducting outreach activities on behalf of nonprofit membership organizations. In her role at ACH, she will lead the development and execution of their partnership and membership engagement strategy and serve as the liaison between partners and ACH leadership. Prior to joining the ACH team, Perez Schewe was the senior manager for global outreach at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry where she managed a global health project that provides hands-on workshops to laboratory practitioners from underserved areas of the globe. Before that, she led content and resource development for an engineering and technology nonprofit, served as the human rights lead for a scientific organization, and coordinated various international programs during the world’s largest annual biotechnology meeting. Perez Schewe holds master’s degrees in international affairs and European minority rights and a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a concentration in International Development.
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About Advocates for Community Health
Advocates for Community Health is a membership organization for large, federally qualified health centers that strives to advance the delivery of health care to underserved populations and to achieve health equity for patients and communities in need. We are committed to working collaboratively to advance well-defined and forward-thinking policies at the national level. By leveraging the wisdom, agility, and innovation of our members, ACH brings bold leadership to drive change in the American healthcare system. To learn more about membership and partnership opportunities, visit www.advocatesforcommunityhealth.org.