Director of Public Affairs, Washington State Nurses Association
Jennifer has worked in public affairs for 20 years, specializing in government relations and political communications. She has spent the past two and a half years at WSNA. Previously, Jennifer served as the Director of External & Legislative Affairs at Public Health – Seattle & King County and as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Washington Health Foundation. In these positions, Jennifer led government relations and health policy strategy, and cultivated partnerships with external organizations. Her passion is helping others feel empowered to tell their stories and make positive contributions to health policy outcomes.
Jennifer spent her early career working in politics at the national, state, and local levels. She worked on races that included a presidential campaign, a national party convention, the Los Angeles Mayor’s race, and numerous legislative races in Washington state. She has been the recipient of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington’s “Heroine of the Campaign” award, and the American Association of Political Consultants’ “Pollie Award” for Field Campaign of the Year in 2007 when she worked for the Washington Health Foundation.
Jennifer served on the Washington State Public Health Association board for five years, leading its policy and legislative work; and spent a number of years as the Co-Chair of the Public Health Roundtable.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.
“Nurses are the most trusted profession and have a strong collective voice that has been at the forefront of gains in workplace standards and patient safety. I am thrilled to be working with WSNA’s strong team of government relations professionals and an active and engaged membership as we advocate for uninterrupted rest breaks, worksites that better prevent workplace violence, and the need for more school nurses and stronger investments in both public health and mental health.”