“If I was being invited into a room, it was for a reason. So it’s about being confident in that I had something to offer. I wasn’t going to sit at the periphery of the table and not speak” — Alethia Jackson
This week, we make a trip to The Hill with America’s Top Lobbyist, Alethia Jackson making some #BillionDollarMoves! As VP of Federal Relations & Head of Advocacy for Walgreens, Alethia is expanding patient access to pharmacy services while advancing the role of pharmacy in the healthcare system. As Chair of the Vaccine Equity Taskforce, she sees first hand, Corporate America’s healthcare battle especially during this time we are all living in. We unpack what it means to lead with your voice, the complex healthcare landscape and how to build partnerships that matter.
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On Alethia Jackson
Alethia Jackson has been a leading health care lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for over 10 years. She is currently Senior Director of Federal Government Relations for Walgreen Co., where she serves as Head of Federal Advocacy. During her tenure, Alethia has helped the company increase and maximize its advocacy presence in the Nation’s capital. She oversees outreach initiatives to Members of Congress and stakeholders. In this position, Alethia develops strategies and programs to advance the Company’s policy priorities. In addition to managing the lobbying team, she oversees third party partnerships and corporate giving on the federal level.
Prior to joining Walgreens, Alethia was Vice President of Federal Affairs at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In that capacity, she provided substantive, strategic and political counsel to health insurance executives of Fortune 500 and not-for-profit companies and advocated on their behalf before Congress. Alethia helped provide substantive expertise on various provisions of the health care reform law. Prior to joining AHIP, Alethia served as Assistant Counsel for Health Policy with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where she served as liaison for state insurance regulators with Members of Congress, federal agencies, and consumer advocacy groups. During her tenure at the NAIC, Alethia was responsible for monitoring and responding to federal legislative and regulatory proposals, as well as developing policy recommendations to address issues in state insurance markets.
A respected health care expert, Alethia is frequently asked to speak at government relations and health care conferences. Her speaking engagements have included: Climbing the Hill: How to Accelerate Your Federal Government Relations Strategy, Public Affairs Council (June 2013) and Improving Health Care Quality, 6th Annual National Leadership Summit on Health Disparities, National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.
Alethia sits on the Corporate Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. She is also a member of Calibr Global Leadership Network, a leadership and professional development group for mid-to-senior level corporate executives. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors of Running Start. Alethia also serves on the Board of Directors of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee.
Alethia holds a B.A. in English from the University at Albany and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. She has studied comparative health law and policy abroad in England, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Alethia is a member of the New York State and Washington, D.C. bar associations.