Kristin A. DeVries, MA, MPP serves as the Director of Government Relations for the New York State Health Facilities Association | New York State Center for Assisted Living. NYSHFA | NYSCAL represents over 500 skilled nursing providers and adult care/assisted living communities providing care to nearly 65,000 elderly and frail patients across the State.
In this capacity, Kristin works to advance the legislative, regulatory, and budgetary priorities on behalf of its members before government officials and policymakers. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public policy, government relations, clinical quality improvement, and association leadership and management. Kristin previously served as Director of Policy and Advocacy for Sepsis Alliance, working with the federal government and stakeholders to advance sound infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship policies and practices, including the introduction of Lulu’s Law.
Prior to Sepsis Alliance, Kristin served in several roles for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), District II, a statewide membership-based organization, most recently serving as Senior Director of Operations. In this role she led grant-funded hospital quality improvement initiatives to increase standardization in maternal healthcare. Before this she served in government affairs and project management capacities, shaping the legislative and educational agendas for the organization’s 4,000 members across the state. Earlier in her career, Kristin worked on health policy issues for both the New York State Legislature and New York State Governor’s office.
Kristin holds a dual M.A. in U.S. History and Public Policy from the Rockefeller College for Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. Her vast background in mission-driven organizations to advance healthcare policy has provided her with the ability to develop effective solutions to complex problems and to communicate effectively to organizational constituents and stakeholders at all levels.