As Executive Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, Jennifer is driven by her devotion to her Catholic faith and the defining, positive influence that Catholic education has had on her life, as well as her passion for influencing public policy that serves and protects the underserved and vulnerable.
Under Jenn’s leadership, the Conference remains dedicated to ensuring that Maryland’s most vulnerable – the unborn, the poor, persons with disabilities, the sick, the elderly, and all of those in need – receive the protections and support they need through the legislative efforts of the Conference in Annapolis. The dedicated team of professionals at the Conference, all of whom are strongly rooted in and driven by their faith, tirelessly devote their talents to advocating for the Church’s public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other elected and civil officials.
After nearly 20 years in state government affairs, starting in the office of the Minority Leader of the Maryland Senate in the late 1990s, Jenn joined the staff of the Maryland Catholic Conference as Associate Director, Respect for Life in 2016. In this position, she worked with coalition partners to ensure that the predatory practice of physician-assisted suicide was not legalized in the state, as well as successfully advocating for numerous policies affecting women’s health, persons with disabilities, human trafficking victims, senior citizens, and the unborn. In July 2018, she was named Executive Director of the Conference.
Throughout her career, Jenn has lobbied state legislatures across the United States, including her home state of Maryland, for both nonprofit and corporate organizations, including Fortune 500 companies Abbott Laboratories and Bristol-Myers Squibb, with an advocacy focus on infant and child nutrition, healthcare access, and coalition building.
An alumna of The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore, Jenn graduated cum laude from Salisbury State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and from George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School with a Juris Master in Law and Economics. She serves as a Living Donor representative to the Living Donor Committee and Patient Affairs Constituent Council of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which manages the nation’s organ transplant waiting list and the policies affecting organ donation, operated under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Jenn also gives her time in support of The Franciscan Center in Baltimore as a member of their Community Advisory Board, volunteers with The Providence Center, which serves the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and serves as a member of the Advancement Committee of Monsignor Slade Catholic School in Glen Burnie.
A native Marylander, Jenn lives in Pasadena with her husband, Rick, and their son, Henry. They are parishioners at Our Lady of the Chesapeake, which has been Jenn’s parish since it was established in 1980.