New Hire Announcement

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is pleased to announce the recent addition of two government relations and advocacy professionals.

Phil Echevarria, Director of Government Affairs

Phil Echevarria joined the Alzheimer’s Association as the director of government affairs responsible for developing and implementing strategy for state-level public policy priorities, including work with the state legislature and state agencies. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, he was the director of external affairs with CarePoint Health, collaborating with members of state, local, and federal governments to coordinate critical legislative efforts. Mr. Echevarria also served as a policy analyst for the New Jersey Hospital Association, for which he worked on issues such as telemedicine implementation, physician retention, and veterans’ benefits. He can be reached at: or 732.504.2349 ext. 8867.

Karen Golden, MSW, NJ Advocacy Manager

Karen Golden, MSW, joined as New Jersey Advocacy Manager responsible for planning and implementing all grassroots advocacy activities focusing on federal initiatives. In her new role, she will recruit, train, and coordinate the efforts of Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors, and their team members, assigned to the congressional leaders of the districts in which they reside. She will mobilize advocates on federal issues in coordination with the D.C. Public Policy Office, ensuring timely and effective response to policy developments, and recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and engage in pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.

Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Karen served as the Director of Volunteer Services for the USO of Metropolitan New York, the nation’s leading organization serving U.S. military members and their families during their time in uniform. Karen managed recruitment, retention, and recognition of USO volunteers in the Tri-State area. Prior to the USO, she served as Director of Military Affairs for Cornerstone Family Programs in Morristown, NJ, where she led a multi-disciplinary team of outreach and counseling staff that provided direct services to military members, veterans and their families. Karen can be reached at or 732.504.2351 ext. 8869.

If you are interested in joining the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter in the fight for critical research, prevention and care initiatives at the federal, state and local levels, go to for more information and to register.