Research!America Names Jennifer Luray Senior Advisor

Health Policy Champion to Join Leading Medical Research Advocacy Organization
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Research!America Names Jennifer Luray Senior Advisor

Health Policy Champion to Join Leading Medical Research Advocacy Organization

Jennifer Luray, a health policy leader whose work spans across the public and private sectors, has been named Senior Advisor at Research!America, the nation’s largest nonprofit alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. She began her new role on December 3.

As Senior Advisor, Luray will collaborate across Research!America’s policy, development and communications departments to build partnerships and enhance capacity. She will serve on the organization’s leadership team and participate in coalition development and strategic planning.

“Jenny has an extensive track record of high-impact results in the medical and health research policy arena and we are excited to welcome her to our dynamic team,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “Jenny brings a valuable mix of experience in industry, patient advocacy and government which will enhance our ability to put science at the top of America’s policy agenda.”

Luray directed U.S. policy and government affairs at BD and Abbott, where she worked with key research and healthcare stakeholders to advance a wide array of policies including diagnostic regulation, drug safety, antibiotic resistance, and infection prevention. As President of the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance, she drove better access to breast cancer screening.

Luray has held several high-level roles in government. She served as Chief of Staff to former Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and as legislative director to Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). Luray supported Congresswoman Lowey’s efforts to champion funding for NIH and increase women in clinical trials. Appointed to the White House under President Clinton, Luray served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.

Luray earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Brown University.  

“I am excited to join Mary Woolley and the first-rate team at Research!America,” said Luray. “I’ve long admired Research!America's ability to bring together a high-powered and diverse coalition in support of research funding.”

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About Research!America 

Research!America is the nation’s largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, Research!America is supported by member organizations representing 125 million Americans. Visit www.researchamerica.org(link is external)

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