Hatch Foundation Names Matt Sandgren as Executive Director

Washington, DC— Today, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation released the following statements after announcing Matt Sandgren would take the helm as executive director of the organization.

Sandgren was the chief of staff to former US Senator Orrin Hatch and shepherded legislation through some of the Senator’s most effective years as a lawmaker. Scott Anderson, chairman of the foundation’s five-member board and longtime colleague, also offered his full support.

“I was well served by all my chiefs of staff, but few—if any—compared to Matt Sandgren. Matt is a Utah native and one of the sharpest policy minds in Washington,” said Hatch. “He has the institutional memory, the administrative know-how, and the proven leadership ability necessary to build the Hatch Center into a nationally respected forum for bipartisan policymaking. Matt was the obvious choice for executive director, and I’m grateful to have him on the team.”
Matt Sandgren previously served as Sen. Hatch’s Chief of Staff in Washington, DC (Photo: CNN)
“Matt Sandgren’s Capitol Hill career was an embodiment of our mission: To promote commonsense solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems,” said Anderson. “As the Senator’s chief policy aide, he worked behind the scenes to forge consensus on highly sensitive issues—from immigration and antitrust to data privacy and IP reform. Matt knows the ins and outs of the legislative process and has a policy resume that is second to none. Most important, he has a profound appreciation for the Hatch legacy and the commitment necessary to carry it forward.”
Sandgren joins the Hatch Foundation with over 15 years of Capitol Hill experience.

Background

A Capitol Hill veteran with over 15 years of experience, Matt Sandgren directed Orrin Hatch’s legislative, communications, and political activities during the Senator’s final chapter in the Senate. Previously, Matt served as senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Hatch led as member and chairman.

Beyond intellectual property and technology issues, his legislative portfolio spanned a significant portion of the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, immigration, internet governance, and privacy. Matt also served as Senator Hatch’s staff director for the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force and as lead counsel for the International Creativity and Theft Prevention Caucus.

Both on and off the Hill, Matt is widely regarded as a leading expert on tech policy and intellectual property law. He earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University, a J.D. from The University of Tulsa, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University. Matt is a member of the Utah, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court bars.

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Hatch Center and Intermountain Healthcare Host Hatch Symposium

Washington, DC—Last November, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation— joined Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare to host a health symposium focusing on “America’s Social Determinants of Health.”

The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute authored a report highlighting the event. The report summarizes information presented at the symposium, outlines key observations, and poses next steps for consideration. Click here for PDF [LINK].

“From the Children’s Health Insurance Program to helping design Medicare Part D, I have long fought for sensible reforms to improve our healthcare system,” said Hatch. “We designed this event to help policy and healthcare leaders better understand and make informed decisions about addressing social determinants of health. By creating smarter policies, we are delivering better healthcare for Americans today and equipping future generations with the necessary tools to answer difficult medical challenges they’ll face.”

“The inaugural symposium of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation set the tone for our mission going forward—to forge commonsense solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems,” said Scott Anderson, Chairman of the Board. “By convening the biggest names in healthcare under one roof, we were able to facilitate meaningful discussion on the health challenges facing everyday Americans. Our discussion generated genuine breakthroughs, including Secretary Azar’s proposal to expand Medicare Advantage to assist with housing, nutrition, and other social needs. The new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute weighs in on this and many other groundbreaking ideas.”
Sen. Hatch has long fought for healthcare improvements.
Background

The symposium focused on strategies and innovations for addressing social determinants of health— the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and play that affect their health risks and outcomes.

Keynote speakers included:
Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services; Orrin G. Hatch, then President Pro Tempore of the US Senate; Adam Boehler, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HHS, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Innovation Center; Karen DeSalvo, MD, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS and Co-Convener of The National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health; Marc Harrison, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President, Community Health Intermountain Healthcare; Vince Ventimiglia, Chairman, Leavitt Partners, Board of Managers.