Jennifer DeYoung is the Director of Policy, Building Blocks of Health Reform and brings over 15 years of experience working in the public sector to advance health equity at the federal, state and local level. In her previous role as Deputy Policy Director at Public Health—Seattle & King County, Jennifer co-led the design and implementation of Best Starts for Kids—the nation’s most comprehensive investment in promotion, prevention and early intervention efforts that support healthy development of kids, families and communities. Prior to her work for Seattle-King County, she held various senior management roles at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. There, she managed multiple programs within the State’s Medicaid program including the State’s managed care contracts, quality improvement initiatives, and benefits policy administration. She has also served as a Senior Health Care Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where she led a variety of projects including those on mental health parity, Medicare physician payment policies, and seasonal flu vaccine distribution, among others.
Jennifer has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in policy analysis and applied economics from Columbia University, as well as an undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.