Shawna Trager, Executive Director

Shawna works closely with NYACH’s industry, education, funding, and government partners to develop innovative training initiatives that are industry and employer driven. Before coming to NYACH, Shawna was the Director of Grants and Workforce Programs at the Greater New York Hospital Association. She has a Bachelors in Arts from Cornell University and received her Master’s in Public Administration from the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a focus on health policy. You can reach Shawna at


Abby Marquand, Director

Abby leads NYACH’s strategy and planning to improve training and employment opportunities within the home care, long-term care, and behavioral health subsectors. This includes NYACH’s Quality Home Care Workforce Initiative, advancement opportunities for the direct care workforce, and emerging workforce and care delivery models in behavioral health. Prior to joining NYACH, Abby was Director of Policy Research at PHI, where she led policy and research efforts to improve job quality for the direct-care workforce. She has also consulted on healthcare and workforce policy for the NYC Human Resources Administration, the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, and the Mental Health Association of NYC. Abby received her Bachelors of Arts from Barnard College, and her Master’s in Public Health from the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. You can reach Abby at


Sarah Nusbaum, Program Manager

Sarah supports the ongoing development and management of NYACH’s programs, including data driven initiatives that track and enable program growth. Before joining the NYACH team, Sarah was a NYC Parks & Recreation Conservation Corps Fellow for the Parks Opportunity Program, where she worked on programming and operations. Previously, Sarah spent a year as an AmeriCorps City Year Corps Member, working with 7th Grade math classes at a middle school in Long Island City. She has a Bachelors in Arts from Lafayette College. Sarah can be reached at