Rachel Conant

Senior Political Director, AIM

Senior Director of Federal Affairs, Alzheimer's Association

Rachel Conant is the senior director of Federal Affairs for the Alzheimer's Association and the senior political director of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), the Association’s advocacy arm. In these roles, she directs all federal relations efforts and represents the Association and AIM before the legislative and executive branches. Conant is also responsible for the strategic management and operation of AIM’s political activities, including AIM’s political action committee, AIMPAC.

Conant leads the Association in elevating Alzheimer’s disease as a priority for the federal government, resulting in historic achievements such as a quadrupling of research funding since the passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act in 2011. In addition, she drove the Association’s efforts to garner support for the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, a 2015 law that now requires the scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit an annual Alzheimer’s research budget proposal directly to Congress, thus bypassing the bureaucratic and timely procedures.

Conant also managed the Association’s work to build visibility of the need for care planning for those living with the disease, leading to a 2016 decision by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay for cognitive and functional assessments and care planning.

Conant previously served as associate director of Government Affairs at the American Nurses Association, where she advocated for a variety of nursing and health care-related issues to Congress. Her background also includes work as director of Grassroots and Field Operations at the American International Automobile Dealers Association and as legislative director of Grassroots Initiatives for the National Association of Health Underwriters. She also served as a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Conant has a degree in religion from The Catholic University of America.