Christina A. Metzler
Chief Public Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Division, The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.
Treasurer, American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee
Christina Metzler is the chief public affairs officer for the American Occupational Therapy Association. In this position she directs the federal, state and regulatory policy departments. Previously Metzler was director of federal affairs and has been at the association for 20 years. She has worked for national associations in Washington, D.C., in health care, disability policy and long term services issues for more than 25 years.
In her current position, she is the chief lobbyist for the American Occupational Therapy Association and also runs the other government and external activities. Metzler directs these activities and the grassroots program, which supports advocacy on the part of occupational therapy practitioners. She is the editor of the Health Policy Perspectives column in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. She is also responsible for the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee, the political arm of the profession, raising funds and disbursing them to candidates for the house and the senate who support occupational therapy.