The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Jennifer Carlson is the associate vice president for External Relations and Advocacy in the Office of Health Science. She directs external relations and advocacy for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Jennifer advises the Wexner Medical Center CEO, The James CEO, the senior vice president for Health Sciences, the director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the dean of the College of Medicine regarding health policy and strategic positioning of the enterprise in the external environment. Previously, she served as assistant vice president for External Relations and Advocacy.
Jennifer leverages her 25 years of government experience and is active in health policy development and advocacy on the state and national level serving in leadership positions with the Association of American Medical Colleges, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of Academic Health Centers, Association of American Cancer Institutes, Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers and Ohio Partners for Cancer Control. She is also actively engaged with the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the American Hospital Association.
Before her arrival at the Wexner Medical Center, Jennifer served as chief of staff to former Lieutenant Governor Maureen O’Connor and criminal justice policy adviser to Governor Bob Taft, where she established the Ohio Security Task Force immediately following 9/11 and managed a successful campaign against a statewide ballot initiative promoting treatment in lieu of incarceration.
Other career highlights include her service as executive director for the Ohio Commission to Reform Medicaid, where she led the blue ribbon commission appointed by the Governor and General Assembly. Charged with developing recommendations to slow the growth of Medicaid spending though comprehensive reform, one hundred percent of the commission’s recommendations were adopted by the administration and General Assembly. She also served as an executive on loan to the prestigious Ohio Business Roundtable where she led a team of independent consultants to develop state budget cost containment and transformational health care initiatives.
Jennifer also served in a chief of federal relations role for both former state Attorney General Betty Montgomery, where one of her many accomplishments included managing policy for the state’s multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. She was legislative aide to former state Senator Karen Gillmor and staffer to U.S. Congressman Paul Gillmor.
Active in the community, Jennifer serves on the New Albany Professional Women’s Club. She is also the recipient of numerous awards of achievement, including the National Association of Attorneys General’s Marvin Award and the Outstanding Young Woman of America Award.
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in business.