IPA Introduces New Government Relations Team

The Iowa Pharmacy Association is pleased to announce the growth of its government relations team. In 2022, Damian Thompson and Brett Barker, PharmD, will join IPA staff to help serve the diverse needs of our membership and advance IPA's legislative priorities.

The Iowa Pharmacy Association is pleased to announce the growth of its government relations team, serving the pharmacy profession to provide advocacy at the state and federal level. With an amplified advocacy voice, IPA serves the diverse needs of our membership and advances its legislative priorities.

Damian Thompson will serve as IPA's Director of Public Affairs beginning January 4, 2022. After graduating with a BA degree in Law, Politics & Society from Drake University, Thompson worked as an account coordinator with LS2group, then as a constituent liaison for Governor Kim Reynolds.

Most recently, Thompson served as the Director of Public Policy & Communications with Iowa Safe Schools, where he led the development and implementation of the organization's local, state and federal policy agendas, oversaw bipartisan lobbying and grassroots advocacy, and led fundraising initiatives to support policy efforts.

Thompson states, “I'm immensely excited to be joining this top-notch team. I look forward to being a voice for Iowa's pharmacists and ensuring IPA's legislative goals are achieved.”

Brett Barker, PharmD, will serve as IPA's Vice President of Government Affairs, a newly created part-time position. Since graduating from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Barker has worked for Nucara Management Group, currently as Vice President of Operations. Barker previously served on the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (2017-2021) as well as IPA's Legislative Advisory Committee and IPA's Board of Trustees (2015-2017).
Barker shares, “I have been passionate about pharmacy policy for my entire career. I am excited to work with IPA to advance our profession and better serve the needs of Iowans.”

The Iowa Pharmacy Association's CEO, Kate Gainer, adds, “I am thrilled to work with Damian and Brett. Growing the association's advocacy team to execute legislative and regulatory priorities will strengthen IPA's effectiveness in serving the pharmacy profession in Iowa.”

Outside of their professional roles, Thompson spends time collecting antiques for his Lustron home; enjoying music as a DJ; reading non-fiction; and avoiding hot beverages. Barker serves as the mayor for the city of Nevada, Iowa; enjoys weightlifting; visiting all 50 state capitols; cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes; and being a husband and father to Tracy and their four daughters.
Please join IPA in welcoming Damian Thompson and Brett Barker to the Association!

IPA members can reach out to Damian and Brett through the contact below:

Damian Thompson
Director, Public Affairs

Twitter: @damianjthompson
LinkedIn: damianjthompson
Brett Barker, PharmD
Vice President, Government Affairs

Twitter: @brettbarker
LinkedIn: bretthbarker


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