Ally Funk

UCB: Head of U.S. Communications and Public Affairs

Allyson Funk is head of U.S. communications and public affairs for UCB. She leads an award-winning communications and advocacy team focused on highlighting UCB’s commitment to delivering what patients value through strategic public affairs activities, patient and provider advocacy, media relations, community engagement, internal communications, and storytelling.

Allyson joined UCB from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in Washington, D.C. where she led public affairs and communications strategies for federal policy and advocacy priorities including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to PhRMA, she led media relations for health issues at AARP where she launched a national campaign with The Ad Council on family caregiving. Earlier in her career, Allyson also spent time at a boutique PR firm in Washington, D.C., in the office of the Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal, and on multiple political campaigns.  

In 2019, Ally was recognized as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She is also a member of UCB’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee and U.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Outside of UCB, Ally serves on the Fernbank Museum Corporate Leadership Council and volunteers as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. She is a past president of the Louisiana State Society in Washington, D.C.

Allyson holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University (New Orleans, La.) She and her husband live in Atlanta with their rescue dog.