Niles Godes Joins UsA2 as Chief Government Relations and Policy Officer
Brings Extensive Advocacy and Government Policy Experience
Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2019) – UsAgainstAlzheimer’s today announced Niles Godes, an experienced government policy and advocacy leader, as its new Chief Government Relations and Policy Officer.
“Winning the fight against Alzheimer’s demands that all of us, including government, look beyond the ways things are toward the way they could be,” said Russ Paulsen, Chief Operating Officer of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. “Niles has a proven record of getting results and finding bipartisan solutions to tough issues as a top leader of congressional committees, in Senate offices and in the nonprofit world. We are thrilled that he will be joining us in this fight.”
Godes, who began today at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, most recently spent five years as Senior Vice President of Congressional Affairs for LeadingAge, where he represented 6,000 not-for-profit members that provide health and housing services for older adults. He led a team of in-house lobbyists and external consultants, and he coordinated advocacy efforts with coalitions, affiliates in 39 states and other stakeholders.
Godes served earlier in his career as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, and previously worked as Legislative Director and then Chief of Staff for Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota.
He has a range of lobbying experience for non-profit and business clients at firms such as Clark & Weinstock, Three Bridges Advisors and Van Scoyoc Associates.
“Alzheimer’s is the only top ten disease in the U.S. with no known current treatment or cure, and patients, caregivers and families need support and help,” Godes said. “I’m honored to join UsAgainstAlzheimer’s to seek additional funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research, greater emphasis on prevention steps, and strengthened government policies on cognitive screenings and reimbursements.”
Godes, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, earned a law degree from Georgetown University.