In the two years since joining GCI Health, Victoria Fort has transformed the agency’s approach to oncology communications and early-stage company development so that the two go hand-in-hand. Her in-depth knowledge of the rapidly developing space — in which there are over a thousand new drugs in development — has helped the agency more than double its revenue in oncology.

Fort started her career as a grassroots lobbyist in Washington, DC, which instilled in her a passion for ensuring patient voices are heard. (She currently volunteers with the Global Liver Institute Academy and its training program.) The experience also enables her to help clients navigate a wide array of issues, such as compassionate use and drug regulation. 

From there, Fort led key accounts across the Chandler Chicco/Syneos Health network of biopharma and consumer health clients, and then served as public relations firm Ruder Finn’s Washington, DC, expert. 

“While others might shy away from the unknown, especially in the world of startup healthcare organizations, Tori embraces any opportunity with a nimble and scalable mentality, inspiring those around her to see it as an adventure,” said Wendy Lund, CEO of GCI Health. “As a leader, she combines passion and persistence with entrepreneurial instincts and an insatiable desire to learn.”