Release: Astellas names Debra Flores director of State Government Affairs in the Midwest


NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan.3, 2017 — Astellas today announced that Debra Flores has been named director, State Government Affairs, in the Midwest region. In this role, Flores will lead Astellas’ state and local government affairs initiatives in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. She will be responsible for all political and advocacy activities within the executive, legislative and regulatory branches of these states. She will report to Paul Miller, senior director, State and Local Government Affairs.

“Debra’s depth of experience in government affairs and health care make her a highly-valued addition to Astellas’ Government Affairs team,” said Miller. “Her role will be pivotal in influencing state policy in the Midwest region so patients can obtain access to the treatments they need.”

Flores has 20 years of experience working in government affairs, with extensive expertise in the health care industry. She most recently served as director of state government affairs for Boehringer-Ingelheim, where she led government affairs and advocacy efforts for eight Midwestern states in brand, biologic, generic and consumer products specializing in biosimilars, oncology, cardiovascular, diabetes and stroke. Prior to Boehringer-Ingelheim, Flores was director of government affairs at New Century Financial Corporation. She began her career as a staff member in the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives followed by a government affairs director position with the Ohio Association of Realtors.

Flores holds a bachelor’s in communications with focus in business and economics and a master’s in public administration from Ohio State University.

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