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.

Presentations, Publications & Media


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


What’s Next in Washington? - October 2022 Edition
03 October 2022
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
A Preview of California House Races, 2022 Midterm Elections
30 September 2022
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
FDA User Fee Programs: Congress Contemplates a Clean Reauthorization in the Continuing Resolution
22 September 2022
Health Care Law Today
What’s Next in Washington? - September 2022 Edition
08 September 2022
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
Virtual CLE Week
Every Tuesday & Thursday from December 1 - 17 2020
Post–Election Insight: What Do Election Outcomes Mean for the Country, Your Industry, and Your Company?
05 November 2020
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
04-05 March 2020
Washington, D.C.
Association for Value-Based Cancer Care Summit 2019
16-18 October 2019
New York, NY