Jackie Cornell joined 1906 after a successful career in public health and social justice advocacy. Most recently, she held the position of Principal Deputy Commissioner for New Jersey’s Department of Health. In her role overseeing Public Health Services, she pushed forward policies and programs to serve New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens, leading on issues ranging from tackling the alarming rate of black infant mortality, ending the HIV epidemic by 2025, and expanding access and affordability of medical marijuana.
Under President Barack Obama, she was regional director of the US Department of Health and Human Services, covering NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Cornell also worked for New Jersey Policy Perspective and the New Jersey Hospital Association. Passionate about leadership development, Cornell founded the New Jersey chapter of the New Leaders Council. She began her career as a peer-to-peer health educator at Planned Parenthood.
Cornell is a New Jersey native and a proud alumna of Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey, where she has been an adjunct professor teaching courses on gender, public policy, and advocacy.
The single mom of a soon-to-be first grade son, Cornell collects books, passport stamps, and tattoos.