Lauren Scannelli Jacobs, MPA, is a program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she supports CHCS initiatives related to child and family health — including the Accelerating Child Health Transformation initiative, where she works with pediatric practices, family representatives, and child health experts to accelerate transformation efforts and improve children’s health. She also works on the Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid initiative, which focuses on alignment of programs across child health and early childhood systems.

Prior to joining CHCS, Lauren served as an administrative coordinator for the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where she provided support on research administration and advanced the Office of Research Excellence’s communication efforts through content creation and strategy development. Lauren also worked as a constituent services representative for the U.S. House of Representatives where she advocated for New Jersey constituents on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security matters. In this role, she also supported community outreach and engagement efforts.

Lauren holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration at George Washington University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University.

While not at work, Lauren enjoys hosting dinner parties, reading, trying new restaurants, and going on long walks with her puppy.