Jenny Jones serves Texas A&M Health Science Center as Associate Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs. Jones’ 20-year career is marked by public policy initiatives that have significantly impacted health care and higher education in Texas. Since 1999, Jones has worked to deliver policy solutions, legislative strategy, grassroots advocacy, political analysis, and educational campaigns to improve the health and well-being of Texans.
Through legislative programs developed on behalf of the Texas Dental Association and the Texas Medical Association, Jones helped spearhead efforts to strengthen the practice environment for health care professionals to better serve their patients across the state. Notably, Jones had the opportunity as a TMA lobbyist to participate directly in the high-level negotiations between House and Senate leaders that led to passage of Texas’ groundbreaking medical liability reform bill in the final days of the 2003 session.
During her eight-year tenure with TAMHSC, Jones has worked with her colleagues to secure landmark funding and to pass legislation needed to address the state’s chronic health care workforce shortages. In 2007, Jones helped to secure $33 million in funding to double the size of the College of Medicine, including construction of a new Central Texas campus for Texas A&M in Round Rock. In 2011, TAMHSC carefully navigated the $27 billion budget shortfall, mitigating a potential funding loss by 50 percent. A focus on recovering base funding in the 2013 session led to increased formula funding of $44 million for the Health Science Center, to support the education of future physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, scientists and public health professionals.
After assuming responsibility for institutional marketing and communications in 2012, Jones has worked with the TAMHSC Public Affairs team to develop and refine a comprehensive, proactive approach that serves all campuses and colleges with the goal of strengthening and extending the Texas A&M brand. The TAMHSC Public Affairs department now serves as a model for reaching key constituencies, including donors, community leaders, and policymakers, as well as prospective students, faculty, and opinion leaders in health-related academic and research communities.
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in linguistics from Texas Tech University.