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Carter Steger


Senior Director,
State and Local Campaigns,
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.


S. Carter Steger is the Senior Director for State and Local Campaigns, for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).  She has over twenty years of experience in state and local governmental health advocacy affairs. She and the team she supervises are responsible for providing strategic support and resources nationwide to ACS CAN state advocacy staff and volunteers as they pursue organizational advocacy priorities at the state and local levels.   These priorities include passing legislation and regulation to create smoke-free environments, increased tobacco taxes and funding for tobacco programs including cessation, access to care issues including insurance coverage and funding for important cancer screenings and treatment, implementation of the affordable health care act, Medicaid expansion, quality of life issues including pain and palliative care and insurance coverage of life-saving cancer drugs, implementation of the policy portions of state cancer plans, and prohibiting minors under 18 from using tanning beds.
Before working for the National Government Relations Department, Carter held the positions of Director of Advocacy and Director of Tobacco Control for the America Cancer Society’s Mid-Atlantic Division.  In these roles she lead the Mid-Atlantic Division advocacy program, was the American Cancer Society lobbyist for Virginia and help design and start an outreach effort to engage Tobacco Farmers’ help in passing comprehensive tobacco control policy. 
Carter received her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been involved in political and issue campaigns for as long as she can remember.