Jackie Cornell Named NJPP Director of Development & External Affairs

Cornell will direct NJPP’s fundraising and outreach efforts.

Published on Jul 27, 2017

New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) announced today that it has hired Jackie Cornell as the organization’s new Director of Development & External Affairs. In her new role on NJPP’s leadership team, Cornell will direct NJPP’s fundraising and outreach efforts.

Cornell brings a long track record of leadership in New Jersey’s progressive community. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; has served as Congressman Rush Holt’s political director and outreach director; founded and led New Leaders Council – New Jersey; and has held crucial positions with Obama for America, Organizing for America, New Jersey Citizen Action and Planned Parenthood. She comes to NJPP from the New Jersey Hospital Association, where she worked as the senior director of Federal Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

She joins NJPP at a crucial juncture in the organization’s history. As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the respected “think and do tank” is not only playing a significant role in framing key issues in New Jersey’s gubernatorial and legislative elections but is advancing a proactive economic agenda despite chaos in Washington. NJPP has positioned itself to demonstrate both offense in Trenton and defense in D.C. at a pivotal time for economic justice and healthcare.  

“We are blessed to have someone of Jackie’s experience, energy, intelligence, poise and clarity of expression join our team at this critical time,” said NJPP President Gordon MacInnes. “We look forward to having her help ensure that NJPP can continue to play an essential role in framing and advocating for New Jersey’s progressive agenda ”

In addition to her professional experience, Cornell has served on NJPP’s Board of Trustees for about three years (before and after her time at the Department of Health and Human Services). She has resigned her Board seat to join NJPP’s leadership team.

“I am delighted to join NJPP during such an unique time. For much of my career I have relied on the thoughtful and informed analysis of NJPP and it is rewarding to bring my network and expertise to the organization,” said Cornell. “Now more than ever, we need sound research shaping the policies that will strengthen New Jersey.”  

Cornell begins her tenure at NJPP on August 14. She can be reached at jackie (at)