Michael Reese Wittke leads the national and federal engagement strategy for the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and oversees the National Caregiver Advocacy Collaborative—a network of nearly 100 national, state, and local family caregiver advocates from across the country. Mike works directly with policymakers on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, the White House, and participates in national coalitions advocating on behalf of family caregivers across the lifespan.
In this role, Mike has directed three National Conferences of Caregiver Advocates held in conjunction with the American Society on Aging at the annual Aging in America Conference. Under his leadership, NAC has co-hosted a national Hill briefing on Congressional Caregiving Stories with the Gerontological Society of America, AARP, and the John A. Hartford Foundation and provided testimony in a hearing to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor (Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services) Examining the Older Americans Act: Promoting Independence and Dignity for Older Americans. Mike has led national coalition efforts to support key pieces of legislation directly impacting family caregivers, including the R.A.I.S.E. Family Caregivers Act and reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. He has directly participated in the implementation of the B.O.L.D. Act and the national “Caregiving Corps.” After joining NAC in the spring of 2015, Mike supported the organization’s transition in leadership and laid the foundation for growth within NAC’s public policy and advocacy strategy to address caregiving as a public health issue.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Mike was the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). In this role, he worked under the President/CEO and V.P. of Government Affairs supporting policies related to Medicare/Medicaid, long-term supports and services, and home and community-based care. While at NAHC, Mike directed a special event on Capitol Hill recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and Older Americans Act sponsored by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, which featured more than 200 national stakeholders, policymakers, and members of Congress.
Mike has previously served as Chair of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Political Action for Candidate Election Committee and as a member of the NASW Metro Chapter Board of Directors and is currently on the Board of Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island. He came to Washington through an internship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with honors from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management from the American University.