Jennifer Velez is Executive Vice President of Community and Behavioral Health at RWJBarnabas Health. Ms. Velez’s area of focus is on the health of our communities, understanding the societal and economic issues of primarily urban Medicaid populations in Newark, Lakewood, and other communities served by RWJBarnabas Health, and correlating needs with improving overall health of the populations we serve. Ms. Velez joined Barnabas Health in March 2015, as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, after serving for eight years as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services under both Governors Chris Christie and Jon Corzine. She has the distinction of being the State’s longest-serving Human Services Commissioner where she managed the largest State agency with budget, personnel and operational responsibility for nearly $11 billion, approximately 16,000 employees, eight operational divisions, including Medicaid, five developmental centers and four psychiatric hospitals. Ms. Velez received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Drew University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law, Newark.