Founder, US Against Alzheimer’s Network
Trish Vradenburg, playwright/author/comedy writer/advocate, began her career in Washington, DC, as a speechwriter in the US Senate. She has written for various television shows including "Designing Women," "Family Ties," and "Kate and Allie." She is a successful author as well, chosen as Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections for her novel, Liberated Lady, published by Macmillan in hardcover, Dell in paperback, and translated into three foreign languages. As a journalist, she has written extensively for The New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal and Women's Day.
For the past ten years Vradenburg has worked to stop Alzheimer’s Disease. Since 2003 she and her husband, George, have chaired the National Alzheimer’s Gala in Washington, D.C. which has raised over $9 million for the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2006 the Vradenburgs launched USAgainstAlzheimer’s (USA2), an independent organization whose mission is to stop Alzheimer’s Disease by the year 2020. USA2 fielded teams during the 2010 elections in key states to make Alzheimer’s a political issue. The organization generated support from over 50 senators and over 100 members of congress to pass the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act and the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). NAPA, which charges the Secretary of Health and Human Services to map out a national strategic plan to address Alzheimer’s, was passed by Congress and, in January 2011, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.