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Amputee Coalition Appoints Mary Richards as CEO

Washington, DC (July 29, 2019) – Sterling Martin Associates national executive search for the Amputee Coalition has culminated with the hire of Mary Richards as the Coalition’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Richards’ career spans 22 years of experience working on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide, managing government relations and lobbying in several roles as an Executive Director for a global health association, a public policy organization, and a patient-led advocacy coalition.

Since 2015, Mary served as the Executive Director for Partners for Better Care (PBC), a patient-led advocacy coalition advocating for patient-centered, high-quality care, of which the Amputee Coalition is a founding member organization. As Executive Director, Mary established a strategic plan for the organization and leads policy, government affairs, communications strategy, and day-to-day operations. She has developed healthcare principles that have guided healthcare reform advocacy efforts and facilitated rapid responses to emerging legislation and proposed regulations.

Richards holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science from James Madison University.

About Amputee Coalition

Founded in 1986, the Amputee Coalition (AC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a revenue budget in the $4M range and a staff of 22. AC is the leading national organization that empowers people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential. They do this through education, support and advocacy.

In addition to peer support, education and communication, the AC has been a leader in expanding access and resources through its advocacy work. In 2002, it began its work to ensure amputees have access to, and reimbursement for, prosthetic devices. These efforts have resulted in revisions to legislation in more than 35 state and federal jurisdictions and changes providing insurance coverage in 20 states affecting an estimated 300,000 amputees and millions of Americans at risk for amputation in future years. With a network of 403 support groups and nearly 800 active certified peer visitors, as well its National Limb Loss Resource Center (NLLRC), AC helps people with limb loss, their families and caregivers to recover, readjust, and live fully with limb loss/difference.

About Sterling Martin Associates

Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin. SMA specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations on senior-level executive searches. With five office locations in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York and California, SMA offers national reach and scope while providing superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our partners and consultants bring association, nonprofit and for-profit management experience to each of our client engagements. Our team also serves as volunteers for a wide range of nonprofit governing boards.