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Senior Health & Human Services Advisor Joins NSI

Washington, D.C. — February 12, 2009 — National Strategies, LLC (NSI), a nationally recognized business-to-government consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced today that Christine Ferguson has joined the firm as Senior Advisor for the company’s Health Care sector. As a Senior Advisor for NSI, Christine Ferguson will collaborate with NSI’s team members to develop legislative and market strategies at the state and local levels for NSI’s health care and human services clients.

“Health and human services is a large component of the Economic Recovery Plan, and the Obama Administration’s overall national agenda. Our clients want to understand how the stimulus funds and policies will impact their businesses,” said Tim Onoff, President of NSI. “The state and local market is the front-line of delivery service in this sector and Christine brings an in depth understanding of the state and local health and human services arena. She will be an invaluable member of our team, helping our clients with strategies for forming public-private partnerships at the state and local levels to solve delivery and cost issues and create economic growth.”

Ferguson has dedicated her career to establishing and working on health and human services policies at all levels of government. As Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health under Governor Mitt Romney from 2003 to 2005, she led the Administration’s efforts in the areas of emergency preparedness, substance abuse services, medical errors reduction, and early childhood education and child care. Ms. Ferguson also served as Secretary of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services from 1995 to 2001, under Governor Lincoln Almonds’ two-term administration. From 1981 to 1995, Ms. Ferguson served as counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI). In this role, Ms. Ferguson served as lead staff negotiator for the Mainstream Senators in their 1993-1994 attempts to develop a bipartisan health reform proposal.

Ms. Ferguson currently serves as a research professor at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services. Ms. Ferguson has been engaged in the development of an educational program in state health policy and concentrates her research on health reform, health services for vulnerable populations, overweight and obesity, and health systems reform.

Most recently, Ms. Ferguson served as president of First Focus, a special initiative funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies. She is a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and the Board of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. She has also served in a leadership capacity at the National Academy for State Health Policy and other organizations. Ms. Ferguson is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Washington College of Law at American University.

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