We envision a country in which health policy is driven by health experts and practitioners grounded in patient outcomes instead of ruled by industry profits

Executive Director & Board Member

Rob Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson is a board-certified Emergency Physician with nearly 20 years of experience in the Emergency Department in a rural West Michigan hospital. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center after graduating from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. In response to his experiences in the emergency department, Dr. Davidson is an outspoken advocate for universal health care and Medicare-for-All. As Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Health Care, Dr. Davidson advocates for the protection and expansion of health care coverage for his patients.

Who We Are

STAFF

Members of the CTP staff come to the organization with experience in state and federal politics, issue campaigns, and legislative offices. This experience informs CTP’s health care advocacy and accountability efforts, and inspires their unabashed patient advocacy. We believe that, to move state and federal health care toward massive expansion that covers all Americans, we must educate and hold anti-health care politicians accountable. This work requires a campaign-oriented staff, and CTP has it.

National Communications

Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman is a communications strategist and founder of Feldman Strategies LLC. Currently, Feldman works with progressive organizations to move their agenda forward on a national stage. He graduated from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs with a BA in Political Communication and lives in Washington, DC with his wife Megan.

Communications Director

Annika Doner

Annika most recently spearheaded the Battleground State Communications program in Michigan for Priorities USA. Previously, she worked for the Michigan House Democrats and the Michigan Department of State, moving messages to elect champions of affordable health care and inform about voting rights and secure elections. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Annika worked for strong female leaders in the Michigan Legislature. She currently resides in Flint.

Press Assistant

Daisy Martinez

Daisy Martinez previously worked as an educator and on some of the most competitive races in battleground states. She is committed to expanding access to care, especially for those in minority communities. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Organizing Lead

Jodi Helsel

Jodi comes to CTP with experience in national and local candidate campaigns, most recently working for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in Nevada. Jodi is committed to building progressive power through conversations at the doors. Prior to her campaign work, Jodi worked in public education and a Brooklyn bakery. She holds a BA in History and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio.

Program Officer

Joel Bryson

Joel is a campaign staffer with experience in national volunteer organizing, campaign finance, and fundraising & development. He developed a passion for health care-focused campaign work during the 2018 election cycle when he worked alongside a candidate campaigning on a strong health care message. Joel currently resides in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

States Organizer

Lori Nguyen

Lori has spent the majority of her professional career at the intersection of public policy and organizing. Lori started her work in politics as an intern in Senator Schumer’s office and quickly moved up the ranks to become Regional Director. Most recently, Lori served as the Political Director and interim Deputy Campaign Manager for an Upstate New York congressional campaign. Lori has nearly a decade of experience under her belt and holds a BA in Political Science from Syracuse University.

Senior Advisor

Miles Baker

Miles Baker previously worked for the AFLCIO, candidate campaigns, and is a veteran of issue campaigns and ballot initiatives across the country. He has been a universal health care advocate since the first time he raised his hand to volunteer for a Democratic candidate. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.

States Organizer

Vaishu Jawahar

Vaishu comes to the CTP team with five years of experience in health care, policy, grassroots advocacy, and research. Vaishu has assisted doctors in emergency departments, worked with public health experts in rural Appalachia, conducted research at the NIH, and interned for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Her experiences taught her how important good policy is to patient outcomes so she began grassroots organizing for progressive health care causes and presidential campaigns. Vaishu graduated M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown School of Medicine and a B.S. in Biology and minors in Public Health and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She hopes to become a physician and patient advocate like CTP’s Executive Director, Dr. Rob Davidson.