Kathy Orellana is a Regional Director in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Department of Government Relations. In this role, she helps APA’s district branches in the Northeast and on the West Coast influence state policy to improve the delivery of mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Prior to that, she worked as an Associate Director in APA’s Department of Policy, Programs and Partnerships, where she managed the Association’s public policy initiatives on substance use disorders, minority health, and Medicaid. Before coming to APA, she supported nonprofit and corporate healthcare clients through policy counsel, advocacy training, legislative monitoring, and coalition management. Kathy also worked as a clerk for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, where she planned regulatory meetings. When she’s not on the road for APA, she’s leading cross country practice runs through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.