Rebecca Perkins is a public policy and communications strategist with more than twenty years of progressively responsible leadership in the public, private, and academic sectors. In April 2004 she formed the Perkins Partnership, a public policy consulting firm that focuses on advocacy, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and nonprofit organizations, with special expertise in healthcare and life sciences.
Prior to establishing the firm, Ms. Perkins served as Senior Vice President at the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, where she led communications, legislative, and philanthropic initiatives focused on healthcare. She also served as Special Assistant to the President of the University of Medicine & Dentistry for External Affairs, where she promoted private/academic research relationships and represented the University to the life sciences community. Ms. Perkins 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 recently served as Vice President, Government Affairs for BioNJ, the biotechnology trade association.
Professional acknowledgements include CMS recognition from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for her work to promote enrollment in New Jersey “KidCare,” the state’s healthcare program for low income children and families; “NJBiz 50 Best Women in New Jersey Business;” “Outstanding Woman in the Pharmaceutical Industry;” and “Outstanding Woman in Business.” She has been recognized for her community service as well and has served on numerous local and state boards, committees, and task forces for public health and policy issues. Ms. Perkins holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Drew University and a Bachelor of Science in Education (with honors) from Emporia State University.