Amy DeMaria is joining The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., as Executive Vice President for Communications and Marketing. DeMaria currently is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to a release, for the past 13 years, “DeMaria has led communications at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation during a time of unprecedented growth and change, including the development of several life-extending drugs that treat the basic genetic defect in cystic fibrosis, a rare, fatal disease that constricts the lungs and makes breathing difficult. She positioned the Foundation in the media as a leader in the development of therapies for rare diseases, rebranded the organization, ushered it into the digital age, and dramatically increased its visibility in national, high-impact media outlets.

“DeMaria’s work has garnered a number of high-profile, national awards sponsored by media outlets and organizations including Advertising Age, Modern Healthcare, and the Public Relations Society of America. In 2017, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the industry group Washington Women in PR.

“Previously, DeMaria led communications at Georgetown University Medical Center where she managed the communications around the sale of Georgetown University Hospital to a private healthcare company, MedStar Health, and the integration of the two systems. She has also worked at the global communications firm Porter Novelli, and as an aide to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. DeMaria received a BA in political science from Emory University.”

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