National Partnership for Women & Families
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20009
Christine Bechtel is the vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The partnership has been a driving force behind some of the country’s most important policies and initiatives, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth. As vice president, Ms. Bechtel oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, including its work on health care quality, information technology, and patient engagement. She also serves on the federal Health IT Policy Committee.
Ms. Bechtel was previously vice president of the eHealth Initiative, where she led the organization’s membership, public policy, and government relations work. She has a background in health care quality improvement from her work with the American Health Quality Association and with Louisiana Health Care Review, now eQHealth Solutions, a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). As a senior research advisor at AARP, Ms. Bechtel conducted public opinion studies with consumers regarding their views on national political issues. She began her career as a legislative associate in the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), where she focused on legislative issues ranging from women’s health and stem cell research to Medicare and Social Security.