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Rebecca Perkins
President & Chief Executive Officer

In 2004, Rebecca Perkins formed the Perkins Partnership, a public policy consulting firm offering consulting in advocacy, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and nonprofit organizations, with special expertise in healthcare and life sciences. Her career includes work in the public, private and academic sectors.

Rebecca’s extensive background in life sciences began with her role as Senior Vice President at the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, where she led communications, legislative, and philanthropic initiatives for New Jersey’s global pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She recently served as Vice President, Government Affairs, for BioNJ, where she led BioNJ’s policy outreach to New Jersey’s elected and appointed government officials and their staff in Trenton and Washington, D.C.

Rebecca served in the administration of New Jersey Governor James McGreevey as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Prosperity New Jersey, where she led policy and mission initiatives. She also served as Special Assistant to the President of the University of Medicine & Dentistry for External Affairs, where she represented the University to the life sciences community and promoted public/private research relationships.

Rebecca has served on numerous local and state boards, committees, and task forces for public health and policy issues, including mental health, prostate cancer, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS, healthcare regulation, and addiction. She was elected to the Warren Township Board of Education, where she served as President.

Honors and recognition include Leading Woman Entrepreneur (Leading Women Entrepreneurs); NJBIZ New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business; Outstanding Woman in the Pharmaceutical Industry (Women’s Fund of New Jersey) and Outstanding Woman in Business (Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women). She has been honored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services with CMS recognition for her work to promote enrollment in New Jersey “KidCare,” the state’s healthcare program for low income children and families.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey’s oldest community symphony.

Rebecca holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Drew University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University.