Beth Jacob brings nearly 20 years of experience in the policy trenches to her work as director of CityHealth.org. A true Jill of all trades when it comes to health and social policy, she’s managed national advocacy campaigns, advised some of our country’s leading foundations, and held elected office in a town famous for political junkies.
Most recently, Beth was a Director at Spitfire Strategies, a communication strategy firm in Washington, DC. At Spitfire, Beth’s portfolio included campaign and communication planning on some of the most pressing issues of the day, including comprehensive immigration reform, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and combatting the nation’s obesity epidemic. At Spitfire, Beth worked with foundation clients—including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation—to provide hands-on coaching, training, and counsel to build their grantees’ strategic capacity. Beth also served as one of the firm’s chief speech writers, crafting top-notch presentations for foundation leaders in the public health, environment, and economic security fields
Prior to her time at Spitfire, Beth managed a joint effort between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote healthy foods in schools and prevent the rise of childhood obesity. Beth played a central role in designing and implementing the campaign’s policy, research and communications strategies. While at Pew, Beth spent five years in state policy advocacy with the Pew Center on the States. During this time, she developed, launched, and managed Pew’s successful strategy to help states invest in proven programs for low-income and vulnerable families. Beth also helped to oversee Pew’s efforts to advance high quality pre-kindergarten for all three and four year-olds. Working with the Trusts’ lead advocacy organization, Pre-K Now, Beth helped to coordinate the campaign’s overall strategy and to manage its partnerships with national organizations in education, research, and the media.
Beth came to Washington from Madison, Wisconsin, where she represented the Second District on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. Her elected service was an extension of a long history of hands-on work at the local level, with experiences ranging from training school board members in Wisconsin to serving as a volunteer teacher and community developer in rural Thailand.
Beth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and literature from Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.