Rick Colby, president, founded Colby & Company in 1996 and has successfully managed government affairs programs across the United States for 24 years. A national expert on the functions of state health departments, he has extensive experience in legislative affairs, patient advocacy, government management, health care policy and communications. Mr. Colby worked in state government in two states: as director of legislative affairs for the Ohio Department of Health, where he developed and managed the agency's state and federal policy and legislation; and as chief of staff in the New Jersey Department of Health's long-term care ombudsman agency. Mr. Colby's legislative experience includes working as a senior legislative aide in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he managed the Higher Education and Regulated Professions Committee, the Assembly Aging Committee and the State Government Committee. Other state government positions include: assistant to former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean; media director for the state of New Jersey during the Statue of Liberty's 100th Anniversary in New York City; and public affairs director for the Philadelphia Mental Health Corporation. His political experience includes working as executive director for former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean's reelection campaign in Bergen County and as a field coordinator for Connecticut Reagan-Bush '84. A Connecticut native, Mr. Colby holds a Masters Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors Degree in Corporate Video Communications from Southern Connecticut State University.