Introduction: Sydney Shepherd, our new Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

Hello everyone!  My name is Sydney Shepherd and I am excited to be the new Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the Hospice Action Network.  Just this year, I had firsthand experience with the meaningful impact hospice and palliative care can have on patients and their family members and friends, which piqued my interest in NHPCO.  When my aunt was near the end of her life, my uncle expressed how grateful he was to have an in-house nurse who was so attentive and who made my aunt’s transition that much smoother.  This industry means a lot to so many, and joining this team is very significant to me.

Now, for a little bit more about Sydney.  I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with a BA in Criminal Justice.  There, I was a track athlete, a member of the campus’s Cultural Programming Advisory Board, and actively involved in my sorority.  I love Octavia Butler novels, puppies, a strong cup of coffee and Kit Kat bars (shout out to NHPCO for giving me a whole bucket of them.  I don’t know what to do with myself!!).  I come to NHPCO with a little over 3 years of nonprofit experience.  Recently, I worked with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, assisting with their effort to bring high quality broadband access to rural telecommunications providers.  Prior to, I worked for America’s Public Television Stations and had an internship at Community Advocates for Family and Youth, where I contributed to advocacy efforts on behalf of victims of crime.  Through my experiences, I’ve learned that a successful nonprofit employee truly cares about the members’ needs and is willing to go the extra mile to accomplish goals.  Well I’m used to running, so I’m definitely up for the challenge!

I hope to engage with some of you soon, and look forward to the work I can do to aid in HAN’s advocacy efforts.


Sydney Shepherd