SAN FRANCISCO, August 26, 2020 – CSOMA is pleased to announce the hiring of Sacramento Lobbyist David Quackenbush to begin lobbying efforts immediately.

CSOMA’s Public Policy and Executive Committees chose Mr. Quackenbush for his experience with non-profit corporations and his unique skill set to push for legislative equality for the acupuncture profession in California and nationally.

Sarah Hart, LAc, CSOMA Board Director and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair, was instrumental in bringing Quackenbush on board. “Our committee gets a lot done,” she stated, “and Mr. Quackenbush is going to give us the presence we need in Sacramento to make a bigger impact.”

David Quackenbush brings 20 years of advocacy work in the nonprofit health sector. He is also a Governor appointee serving both the Governor Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger administrations.

“Legislative change is a process,” stated Quackenbush. “Having a consistent presence in Sacramento is key to building collaborative partnerships to integrate this important medicine into the health care delivery system creating access for the diverse communities throughout California. CSOMA is prepared to work together with all stakeholders to make progress and that makes us a good match.”

“Significant growth in CSOMA’s membership is essential to supporting policy work with Mr. Quackenbush,” remarked CSOMA president Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, LAc. “We need that vision and skillset, and we also need the sheer membership numbers to show that our profession is engaged and working in unison,” she continued. “‘Together we are stronger’ has never been more true. This will be a test of sorts to see how committed and unified our profession really is.”

About David Quackenbush

David Quackenbush is a lobbyist and consultant with over 20 years of a successful track record advocating for health care insurance coverage and access for low-income communities throughout California including health care reform and state and local public and private insurance programs. David has led multiple companies through reorganizations resulting in expanded resources and staff capacity to fulfill their missions.  In 2013, David launched his own consulting group, Quackenbush & Company, to assist organizations to maximize participation and success in the newly reformed managed health care delivery system through the Affordable Care Act and Medi-Cal expansion. 

David’s clients are passionate, mission-driven health care providers that strive for equitable access to primary care services for all individuals and families.  David is a lifelong resident of Sacramento, California.


CSOMA is a professional association of licensed acupuncturists and supporters of acupuncture, dedicated to the preservation, advancement and integration of the art, science, and practice of all branches of acupuncture medicine into the modern healthcare model, in a caring and ethical manner, thereby enhancing the health and well-being of the general public. 

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