Sue Pechilio Polis

Director, Health and Wellness

National League of Cities

Washington, DC

Sue Pechilio Polis is responsible for directing the health and wellness portfolio for the National League of Cities (NLC) as part of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The portfolio includes the conceptualization, development and implementation of Cities of Opportunity, a multi-year effort to engage mayors and city leaders in comprehensively addressing social determinants of health to advance equity. Additional areas of focus include housing, mental health and substance use. Prior to the National League of Cities, Mrs. Polis led the development and management of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) external relations and strategic partnership efforts in support of the organization’s public policy goals.   

Prior to joining TFAH, Mrs. Polis worked at AARP on health and financial security-related issues with an emphasis on advancing policy to address the needs of vulnerable senior populations. Her focus areas included health care workforce, retirement savings, consumer protection, and low-income programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Mrs. Polis was the first National Director of Advocacy for the American Heart Association. She was responsible for the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan that led to significant growth of the organization’s advocacy capacity in support of public policy objectives at the federal and state levels. Mrs. Polis’ background also includes consulting on health, environmental and tobacco-related issues campaigns. 

She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE), Voices for Healthy Kids and New York University’s Small and Mid-Size City Typology Project. She is a member of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. She lives with her husband and two children in the Washington, DC area and enjoys cooking, baking, running and reading.

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