Jackie Cornell, a longtime fixture in the New Jersey health policy world, has been announced as the new executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey (PPAFNJ). Cornell will also serve as the chief government relations officer for Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey (PPNCSNJ).
“Jackie brings her deep commitment to public health and knowledge of the inner workings of both federal and state governments,” PPNCSNJ President & CEO Cory Neering said in a statement. “As we face continued attacks on reproductive health care across the country, Jackie will help us build new strength to overcome obstacles to reproductive health and rights and protect and expand access to care for all.”
Early in Gov. Phil Murphy’s first term, Cornell was the principal deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health; prior to that, she held jobs at the progressive think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective, the U.S. Department of Health, and the office of former Rep. Rush Holt Jr. (D-Hopewell).
Cornell started her career at Planned Parenthood, working in various capacities for PPAFNJ and local Planned Parenthood affiliates from 2003 until 2010.
According to the press release from today, Cornell has already taken on her new roles as of August 15. She replaced Judith Selzer as PPAFNJ executive director; Selzer had led PPAFNJ since 2019 and is now heading to a different Planned Parenthood affiliate.