Arlington, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is strategically advancing its highly effective, results-driven government affairs and public policy team by announcing the selection of William Tighe as vice president of federal government affairs and Amber Manko as director of federal government affairs. Tighe reports to Tom O’Donnell, NACDS’ senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. He began his new position with NACDS on December 12. Manko started with NACDS on November 28 and will report to Tighe.

Tighe brings extensive legislative experience to NACDS. He most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. Previously, Tighe served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), where he held progressively responsible leadership roles, and for former Rep. George W. Gekas (R-PA).

Tighe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason School of Public Policy in Virginia.  He is a member of several professional associations, including Republicans Associated for Mutual Support (RAMS) and the House Chiefs of Staff Association.

“We are very pleased that Bill will soon join NACDS’ respected and successful advocacy team,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “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 most recently served as director of federal affairs at CAPG, a trade association focused on helping physician groups improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Manko worked with congressional leaders on key Medicare and healthcare issues.

Prior to starting with CAPG in 2016, Manko served as a director of federal affairs and political programs at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where she successfully advocated Congress on issues affecting the healthcare industry, including the Affordable Care Act, cybersecurity and Medicare programs. Previously, she served at AHIP in positions of increasing responsibility leading up to her position as director of federal affairs & political programs.

Manko is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Communications and Rhetorical Studies.

“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,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “Her hands-on experience with some of the most complex, relevant and vital issues facing the healthcare system in the United States today brings added value to NACDS members, and we are excited to welcome her to the team.”