March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies, today announced the appointment of Stacey Brayboy as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Brayboy will be responsible for leading the organization’s federal and state government affairs and public policy agenda to improve health outcomes for moms and babies across the country.
Brayboy, who has held senior leadership roles in federal, state and local government, will determine the legislative, regulatory and policy issues that advance the health of pregnant people, infants, children and families, providing leadership and strategic direction to achieve the organization’s objectives.
“Black moms across the U.S. are facing a severe health crisis and are dying at three times the rate of White women, which is simply unacceptable,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Scientific Officer at March of Dimes. “Stacey’s vast experience building relationships and advancing policies throughout all levels of government will be critical to our efforts to ensure Congress takes urgent action to support comprehensive legislation to tackle long-standing healthcare disparities and improve maternal and infant health outcomes.”
Prior to March of Dimes, Governor Ralph Northam appointed Brayboy as director of the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs after she supported his efforts to build the state’s economy in agriculture and forestry. Brayboy previously served as Chief of Staff to the Chief Financial Officer in the United States Department of Agriculture where she held several leadership roles including Chief of Staff for Food and Nutrition Services and Director of Economic and Community Development for USDA Rural Development. She was a member of the transition team for President Obama and then-Vice President Biden. Last month, Women in Government Relations announced Brayboy as a nominee for their Excellence in Advocacy Awards.
Brayboy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Francis Marion University and a master’s degree in public administration from Clark Atlanta University. She is also a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and Federal Executive Institute. She’s the recipient of the Professional Industry Achievement Award in Public Service and Law from Francis Marion University.
“March of Dimes is fighting to address some of the biggest threats facing moms and babies across our county and I’m excited to help them advance the policies and regulations we need to make a real impact,” said Brayboy. “I look forward to working with our advocates, volunteers and partner organizations to ensure every mom and baby gets the best possible start.”
Stacey Brayboy joins Virginia-based March of Dimes as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs.