Michael Reese Wittke leads the federal engagement strategy for the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and directs the National Network of Caregiving Coalitions—a network of over 80 state and local advocacy organizations representing over 27 state coalitions. Mike works directly with policymakers on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, the White House, and participates in national coalitions advocating on behalf of caregivers across the lifespan.
In this role, Mike has directed two National Conferences of Caregiving 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. Mike has also led national coalition efforts to support key pieces of caregiving legislation, including the R.A.I.S.E. Family Caregivers Act and proposed legislation to create a 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 federal policy strategy.
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 monitoring policies related to Medicare/Medicaid, long-term supports and services, and home and community-based care. While at NAHC, Mike directed a special event 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. 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.