BEDA is pleased to welcome Joslyn P. Smith as Director of Policy & Government Affairs. In this role, Joslyn will be responsible for developing and managing BEDA’s federal agenda, coordinating and strategizing with other national eating disorders, mental health, and healthcare provider organizations, monitoring regulations and legislation, and serving as the primary liaison with Congress and the federal executive branch. She will also provide analysis of proposed legislative actions, determine the potential impact on the organization, and develop organizational positions.
Joslyn brings experience and expertise to her new position, having previously served as Senior Legislative Assistant for the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Government Relations Office in Washington, DC, where she was charged with establishing APA’s legislative portfolio on eating disorders and obesity prevention, where she focused her efforts on informing federal policy from a Health At Every Size® perspective. Prior to her work with APA, Joslyn worked on health, mental health and appropriations issues with the staff of then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After spending the past seven and a half years focusing her time and energy on beginning a family in Ithaca, New York, Joslyn is honored to join BEDA and have the opportunity to re-enter both the policy and eating disorders fields.