Bethany Hamilton currently applies her experience in law, policy analysis and federal grants management as a Program Specialist (Policy) for the Community HealthCorps team at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to grant compliance, Bethany works with a team that develops and applies effective interventions, such as national service, to address the social determinants of health for underserved populations without sufficient access to health care. She also provides technical assistance to Community HealthCorps grantees on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on AmeriCorps members. Prior to joining NACHC, she served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow from 2008-2010 at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. – Geneva, NY where she provided legal assistance and representation to underserved populations. As a legal fellow she launched a Reentry Law Clinic and served in her second year as one of three national representatives for the fellowship. Following her Legal Fellowship, she joined Equal Justice Works as staff to successfully manage its 700 member Summer Corps (AmeriCorps) program for law students and assist with the coordination of the groundbreaking Public Defender Corps fellowship.
Bethany earned a BA from the University of Miami, a certificate from Cornell University, and a JD with a certificate in the advanced study of health law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She has been a pupil of Law Professor and health law expert Alan Meisel, as well as Former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna Shalala. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Law she successfully re-launched the school’s Street Law Clinic and served as an Assistant Editor for two years with the Pittsburgh Tax Review. She is also an inaugural class Gates Millennium Scholar (a program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).