Debbie Forrest is a public policy advocate, bringing more than 30 years of experience to support clients with strategic solutions to advance their legislative objectives. Debbie’s background in health care policy and advocacy provides a uniquely informed perspective as she helps clients navigate the complexities of pursuing their policy goals.
Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, Debbie was the president of the ACT for NIH Foundation, leading the non-profit organization’s efforts to support funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to advising a range of legislators, she served as the deputy director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.



University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
M.P.P. with a concentration in Health and Social Policy (1997)

Duke University
B.A. in Religion (1991)

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