Ryan Ball, a veteran political campaign consultant, has joined the staff of OPGA.
Ball’s duties with OPGA will focus on government relations. His responsibilities will include tracking O&P-related legislation advancing through Congress, the creation of a government Relations e-mail update series and a column in the OPGA Connection. He will also schedule presentations on the importance of staying up-to-date on pressing issues in Washington and increasing political activism within the O&P industry.
Ball brings a decade of political and governmental experience to OPGA and holds a degree in political science from the University of Iowa. He began his career as an intern for Sen. Tom Harkin’s Washington office and moved on to hold positions in many political campaigns from 2004-2010.
For the past several years, Ball has worked with and consulted for political campaigns of all levels of government, ranging from local city councils to federal Congressional elections. He has also lobbied the Iowa State Legislature on various issues. Working with this many levels of government has given him a unique perspective on government and how the political dynamics of an issue affect policy arguments of all types.
“We are very excited to introduce a new member of the OPGA team.” said Dennis Clark, president of OPGA. “Technology in our profession is changing and evolving at a geometric rate. Technological changes are keeping pace with regulatory and policy changes in Washington. It can be can be difficult for most of us to understand. Ryan is an extraordinarily insightful, talented and passionate young man in the area of government regulation and policy. Having him as a member of our team at OPGA allows us to highlight government policies and regulations that will have a significant impact on the orthotic and prosthetic profession,” Clark said.
“It is important to note, that regulatory change happens on both a state and federal level,” Clark continued. “While Ryan will be commenting bi-monthly regarding federal policy changes, if any of you have question on state policy changes, feel free to call and utilize him as a resource. The benefit that this resource brings to our members will become more significant as time goes by and OPGA is thrilled to have Ryan educate us in these areas.”