By Kelly Brooks-Staub
Ellen-Marie Whelan, PhD, RN, left her faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2003 to pursue a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, where she served as a legislative aide to Democratic Senate Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). For the next four years she worked as staff director for the Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions with Senator Barbara A Mikulski (D-MD). Today, she is a Senior Health Policy Analyst and Associate Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress.
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, has served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services for the Hopkins-affiliated Howard County General Hospital, Director of Nursing for Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and held a Joint Appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her 2007-2008 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship led her to the office of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House of Representatives.