Rita Ersfeld Norton joined AmerisourceBergen as Vice President of Government Affairs in October 2004 when she opened the Washington, DC Government Affairs office for the Fortune#8 multinational pharmaceutical distribution and services company. Ms. Norton was promoted to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy in 2011 to present since adding State Government Affairs and Public Policy to the department.
For 12 years prior to joining AmerisourceBergen, Ms. Norton oversaw State and Federal Government Affairs for pharmaceutical manufacturers Amgen and Hoffmann-La Roche.
Ms. Norton began her career in Washington, DC serving in legislative staff positions for U.S. Senator Robert W. Kasten, Jr., and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee under the chairmanship of Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon.
Ms. Norton holds a BA in communications and political science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Post-graduate studies include coursework at Georgetown University and the University of Southern California (DC), and Executive Education programs at Columbia University, NY.
Ms. Norton currently serves on the Board of Directors of Life Sciences PA, an organization comprised of more than 800 members representing the healthcare, pharmaceutical and economic support community throughout Pennsylvania; the Washington International Horse Show Association (WIHS); the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP); and the Children’s Charities Foundation (CCF).
Rita has two grown daughters and resides in Falls Church, VA.