Audrey Sheppard is an advisor to pharmaceutical, medical device and other healthcare entities. Her specialty is strategic advocacy and professional group relations. Her clients have products which fulfill unmet needs in women's health. A prominent, timely example is working for over two years with Sprout Pharmaceuticals of Raleigh, North Carolina on efforts to win FDA approval for the first drug to treat the most common form of Female Sexual Dysfunction.
Ms. Sheppard's career in health began when she received a Presidential appointment as Deputy Director of the brand new Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health under Bill Clinton. A year later, she became its director, serving for four years. Her innovations included the national program "Women's Health: Take Time To Care", which partnered with 75 advocacy groups and national chain drug stores to raise awareness by millions of women to safe medicine use for their family members and themselves. The award-winning program has segued over 20 years to educate women on myriad health conditions. She has advised and run women's health non-profits including the Jacobs Institute for Women's Health.
Earlier, she held senior positions at the Pentagon, White House and in national Democratic politics, where she was Political Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for six years, culminating in recapturing the US Senate majority in the 1986 election. She has done two stints in the US House or Representatives. She ran her own communications and political consulting firm, which provided media production, fundraising and general strategy. Her non-profit Board service has included Chairing the Board of Sewall Belmont House and Museum, the premier women's history site in the country. There she built the Board, gained Congressional and media visibility and won a $2 million federal grant to restore the House and its unique collection of suffrage objects.