Kristen L. Freitas is HDA’s Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. She is responsible for federal legislative advocacy where she develops and maintains relationships with key congressional legislators and their staff, as well as conducts direct lobbying in support of association policies and positions. Kristen also oversees the HDA Political Action Committee (PAC) and grassroots activities. Prior to joining HDA, Freitas worked as Manager, Government Affairs for PacifiCare Health Systems, and before that, for a specialty nursing association and for the National Association for Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). Prior to NACDS, she served as a Director of Outreach for former Congressman Dick Chrysler. She holds a degree in International Relations from Michigan State University and an MPA from George Mason University.