2021 Alumni Achievement Award Winners
Anne Rancourt, MPS, serves as communications director for the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest global funder of addiction research. She has worked in communications at NIH for more than a decade, including at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases overseeing communications on HIV and immunology; as communications director for the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health; and at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute where she led media and digital strategy for The Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
Previously, Ms. Rancourt was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, where she led communications strategies on the Department’s $167 billion Recovery Act investment. She has also worked in brand management and behavior change campaigns on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and began her career as a journalist at The Washington Post and NBC News. Ms. Rancourt has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University.
As the Chief Operating Officer of Cassidy and Associates, Jordan Bernstein manages day-to-day operations while also representing his clients who are as diverse as global brand names to national non-profits, large integrated health systems, universities and trade associations. He specializes in devising and executing comprehensive legislative strategies directed at promoting clients’ specific federal policy and funding objectives in Washington.
Jordan’s ability to create and grow relationships between the federal government and public and private entities was grounded in his tenure as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. In this role, Jordan had unique inside-access to the legislative process, but also was an essential participant in the determination of congressional policy and appropriations.
Jordan provides trusted advice and counsel to many of his clients as their general representative in Washington relying on his keen awareness that client issues don’t fall neatly into a single category and that the best solutions come from having a deep understanding of the entire legislative and political process.