Myisha M. Gatson is the Senior Director of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances for PhRMA. She brings more than 15 years of experience and expertise in health policy and public affairs to her role at PhRMA, where she builds collaborative partnerships and coordinates outreach to multicultural and LGBT communities. She has dedicated her career to combating health disparities and ensuring that all people have access to quality medicine and care.
Myisha is a consensus-builder. She delivers with expertise in strategic campaigns at local, state and national levels; community outreach and engagement; public policy and analysis; government relations and training and development.
Before joining PhRMA in 2016, Myisha served as the Director of Provider & Hospital Engagement for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. She provided strategic guidance to the White House, HHS Secretary and the IEA Director on issues affecting providers, hospitals and health systems nationwide. In a previous role with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, she helped states set up their marketplaces and implement the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Advocacy has been Myisha’s life’s passion. Before joining HHS, she worked as Program Officer for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Society Foundations, Director of Mobilization for the Black AIDS Institute and Director of the NAACP’s National Health Department.
In 2003, Myisha received her undergraduate degree in human biology with a concentration in medicine, law and health policy from Stanford University. In May 2009, she received a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. Myisha will begin pursuing her MBA at Robert H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland in September 2017 and is a member of the National Urban League’s Urban Solutions Council.