Kristin Greene, Vice President of Federal and Local Affairs for Molera Alvarez, recently participated as a speaker at the 2012 National Homeland Security Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Kristin has worked with the 124 municipal grantees of the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), a national homeland security program, for eight years acting not only as policy advisor and lobbyist but as the national point of contact for Congress and federal agencies. Kristin was asked to discuss the current state of MMRS in Congress, and the progress of Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Homeland Security appropriation legislation. In addition to the plenary session discussion, Kristin was also asked to facilitate a session aimed at determining the future of homeland security grants to local jurisdictions in the wake of budget constraints in Washington DC. “Kristin continued to advise those of us who have worked on MMRS for years, and taught a few of the newer program managers about the inner workings of the federal budget and what we might expect in the future for our grant funds. Her insight at the conference was invaluable” says David Gerstner, Emergency Paramedic Coordinator for Dayton, Ohio. Kristin continues to work on the MMRS, homeland security and appropriation issues during the current Congressional session.