Robert Egge is the Alzheimer’s Association’s Vice President of Public Policy. With policy experience in Alzheimer’s and related healthcare issues, Mr. Egge leads the Association’s Public Policy division based in Washington, DC. The division includes federal affairs, state affairs, public health and grassroots advocacy teams working together with more than 70 Association chapters and 400,000 advocates in pursuit of policies to better serve those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Chief among these priorities are increasing federal support for Alzheimer research and treatment development, enhancing Alzheimer care and support, and improving Alzheimer planning, coordination and execution by federal and state agencies.
In his previous position as Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Study Group, Mr. Egge led a review of the broad range of challenges posed to the nation by the mounting Alzheimer crisis, and opportunities to address them. The Alzheimer’s Study Group, a blue ribbon task force of national leaders co-chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, was created to develop a national strategic plan to address Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Egge worked closely with Gingrich, Kerrey and other Alzheimer’s Study Group members such as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to shape and develop the group’s national assessment, strategy and specific policy proposals.
Mr. Egge’s editorials have appeared in a variety of newspapers including the New York Times, the Financial Times, Business Week. He has also testified before the U.S. House and Senate on Alzheimer’s policy, and has given frequent television, radio and print interviews on health care policy.