Jennifer F. Walsh

Director, Public Affairs


Jennifer F. Walsh is a public affairs director with Foley & Lardner LLP. She has extensive experience in government affairs, including a lengthy career as a senior staffer in the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature, and as a vice president for Federal Government Affairs at a top 20 Fortune 500 health care company. Jennifer has effectively advanced key issues before the United States Senate, House of Representatives and the Administration. She is a member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy Practice.

Prior to joining Foley, Jennifer served as vice president for federal government affairs at a leading multi-national health care company, where she developed and executed strategies to impact policy objectives and increase the company’s visibility among opinion leaders. Jennifer collaborated with colleagues across the health care industry, including third parties and trade associations to ensure effective execution and success of the company’s priorities.

Jennifer served nine years as chief of staff to former Congressman Dennis Cardoza, 18th District of California. She was chief advisor and principal strategist on all legislative and political activity and served as primary liaison with the Bush and Obama Administrations, Members of Congress, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the California Democratic Delegation. She also served as finance director for the Cardoza for Congress campaign, where she developed and managed a $2 million fundraising effort.

Previously she served as a chief of staff in the California State Legislature as well as a congressional field representative, deputy campaign manager and House Democratic Caucus program director to former Congressman Vic Fazio, 3rd Congressional District of California.

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  • University of Maryland (B.A., 1995)
    • Major: government and politics; minor: Spanish