Before joining the American Association for Cancer Research in 2010 as the managing director of science policy and government affairs, Jon Retzlaff led the health and biomedical practice for a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to these two positions, he served as legislative director for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology from 2004-2007. Additionally, Retzlaff worked for the National Institutes of Health from 1993 to 2004 in various legislative and management positions, which also included being assigned to the House (1998) and Senate (2000-2001) appropriations subcommittees on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies, as well as within the Office of the Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services (1999). He entered the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1993. Retzlaff earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in public administration from Indiana University, and a master's degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
On March 7, the AACR co-hosted its first, local advocacy event with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. The event, Cancer Research Policy Forum: Progress, Promise, and Challenges in the Era of Precision Medicine, drew more than 250 attendees and showcased the cutting edge research taking place at Moffitt.Read More