National Breast Cancer Coalition

Making the End to Breast Cancer a National Priority

Making the End to Breast Cancer a National Priority
| May 7, 2012
Since its inception, NBCC has pushed breast cancer onto the national political agenda. Learn from political insiders about who and what shapes our nation’s priorities, what determines the discussion on Capitol Hill and the power advocates have in today’s political climate to make the end of breast cancer a national priority.


Susan Dentzer
, is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy, and is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour. She previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations, and chairs the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council. She is also on the board of Research America. Ms. Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth and is a trustee emerita of the college. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization.


Mike Castle, JD
, is a former two-term Governor, nine-term US Congressman, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Attorney General and State Senator.  He is currently a partner in DLA Piper's Government Affairs practice. During his nine terms as Delaware's sole member in the House of Representatives, Governor Castle served on the House Education and Labor Committee where he was chair of the Subcommittee on Education Reform, and the House Financial Services Committee.  Governor Castle is known for working across party lines, building bridges and forming coalitions to find pragmatic bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing the country.  His work with a coalition of moderate GOP senators, House members, governors, and other elected officials aimed to promote centrist and pragmatic Republican candidates and issues.  He received a BA from Hamilton College, and a JD from Georgetown University Law School.

Judy Feder, PhD
, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, a Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. A nationally-recognized leader in health policy, Judy has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system, through both scholarship and public service. A widely published scholar, Judy’s health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, flourished at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, Judy moved from policy research to policy leadership, actively promoting effective health reform as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) in 1989-90; principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in former President Bill Clinton’s first term; a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (2008-2011) and in 2006 and 2008, was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. She received a BA from Brandeis University, and a MA and PhD from Harvard University.

Mark Halperin
, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst for TIME, covers politics, elections and government for the magazine and Halperin is also the creator and author of’s “The Page,” and is senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he appears regularly on "Morning Joe" and other programs on the cable channel. Prior to joining TIME in April 2007, Halperin worked at ABC News for nearly 20 years, where he covered five presidential elections and served as political director from November 1997 to April 2007. He also appeared regularly on ABC News TV and radio as a correspondent and analyst, contributing commentary and reporting during election night coverage, presidential inaugurations and State of the Union speeches. Additionally, Halperin founded and edited the online publication The Note, characterized as the most influential daily tipsheet in American politics by He is the co-author of the New York Times #1 best-seller Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime (Harper, 2010); and a number of other political books. Halperin received his BA from Harvard University. 

Ruth Marcus, JD
, is a Columnist and Editorial Writer for The Washington Post, specializing in American politics and domestic policy.  Ms. Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House.  From 1999 through 2002 she served as Deputy National Editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other national issues. She joined the Editorial Board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007.

Carol Matyka, MA
, is National Breast Cancer Coalition's Massachusetts Volunteer Field Coordinator and leads that state's grassroots advocacy efforts to further the NBCC legislative and policy agenda. Since her breast cancer diagnosis in 1994, Carol has been involved in many NBCC initiatives, including development of quality care guidelines and measurements, and she is a faculty member of NBCC’s Quality Care Project LEAD®. She has served as a reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, California Breast Cancer Research Program and as a consumer advisor on several breast cancer research grant proposals. Carol is also founding member of CARE Advocates at Tufts Medical Center, a patient advocacy group that promotes consumer involvement in designing and developing programs for breast cancer patients and their families.