Amy Hewett Joins VHCA Staff

Amy Hewett joined the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) this week as Vice President of Strategy and Communications.  This position was developed to direct and oversee VHCA’s strategic and long-range goal planning, provide the overall direction and implementation for all communications and marketing for VHCA, and to serve as a lobbyist for VHCA before state and federal officials in support of the association’s advocacy efforts.  

Ms. Hewett has a broad range of association management experience—from a national trade association to a national health care non-profit, to a statewide trade association and professional organization in Virginia.  

She led the government relations team at the American Heart Association (AHA) in Virginia as a Senior Director in 2014-2015.  At AHA Ms. Hewett worked with the General Assembly and other stakeholders on a number of health policy issues including childhood obesity, access to healthy foods and stroke systems of care.  

As Assistant Director of Political Advocacy for the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) from 2007-2014, she directed MSV’s grassroots initiatives and political efforts.  Ms. Hewett brought to MSV significant government affairs, association management, and communications experience.  In her role at MSV, She increased member involvement in advocacy activities, staffed the development of a new strategic plan for MSVPAC, created all government affairs-related content for the association, and played a key role as part of MSV’s government affairs/lobbying team.  

Prior to joining MSV, Ms. Hewett was the Director of Government Affairs and Public Relations for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  She managed the Chamber’s transportation and civil justice advocacy portfolios before the Virginia General Assembly.  Ms. Hewett also monitored state court decisions to assess their impact on the business community and conducted the fundraising for the Virginia Chamber Political Action Committee.  In addition, she advanced the Chamber’s communications mission through public relations and media outreach.  

In 2000 Ms. Hewett joined the staff of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, based in Arlington, Virginia, as a Government Affairs Assistant.  During her five years at AWO, Ms. Hewett was promoted to Director of Government Affairs and was responsible for various aspects of the association’s regulatory advocacy portfolio.  Of significance during her tenure at AWO, Ms. Hewett wrote the industry’s Coast Guard-approved vessel security plan, which was implemented by thousands of towing vessels throughout the country in response to new security regulations developed in the wake of the September 11 attacks.  Ms. Hewett also served as the staff secretary for two of the association’s standing committees.  

Ms. Hewett began her career working at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, conducting performance audits of federal aviation programs.  She also served as a detailee to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations where she studied the impact of a phase-out of a gasoline additive on federal highway transportation revenue.  

Ms. Hewett graduated cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government.  She lives with her husband and son in Richmond, Virginia.