Hilary Hansen has over fifteen years of experience in health care advocacy, grassroots, and alliance development. As the Executive Director of Advocacy and Strategy Alliances, Hilary leads Merck's efforts in the US to strengthen alliances with patient (and caregiver) advocacy organizations in order to achieve strategic objectives in the region and accelerate patient access to Merck's innovative medicines and vaccines. Hilary also is responsible for partnership development and grants management across Merck's therapeutic areas, including oncology, diabetes, and hepatitis C. Working with patient advocacy groups, professional societies and trade associations, Hilary serves as the Merck point of contact on federal policy issues.
During her time as a senior government relations manager at Drinker Biddle & Reath, Hilary focused her practice on grassroots and advocacy outreach, with an emphasis on assisting nonprofits and associations. Hilary has worked with nonprofit patient advocacy groups systems to draft and implement legislative strategies, particularly related to appropriations and Medicare-related legislation. She has designed advocacy capacity building strategic plans for organizations that include Capitol Hill days, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Hilary worked at the American Nurses Association (ANA) as the senior political action specialist, where she was responsible for organizing grassroots efforts. During her time at ANA, Hilary organized the "Nurses for Obama" campaign and was heavily involved in health care reform efforts. Hilary also worked as an aide to Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX) from 1999-2000.