Jenn O'Connor

Council for a Strong America - Director

Jenn O’Connor is the NYS Director for the national non-profit Council for a Strong America, where she coordinates work on policy from the prenatal period to college and career readiness. Over the last decade, Jenn has acquired expertise in child health, maternal depression and early education policies. From championing the expansion of health insurance coverage at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators to creating the mental health program at the National Governors Association to advocating for a comprehensive home visiting system at the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, she has demonstrated her effectiveness in affecting policy changes. Jenn has served as staff for both the Senate Majority (Republican) and the Assembly Majority (Democrat). She has a degree in Creative Writing Arts and a minor in Sociology, as well as a certificate in non-profit management and leadership from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Last but certainly not least Jenn also is the foster parent of 12-year-old girl and pet parent of five-year-old Zelda.