Jeannette Contreras, MPP

Jeannette Contreras, MPP

Jeannette Contreras, MPP

Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Jeanette is the lead for Hispanic outreach in the Partner Relations Group, Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In her role, Jeanette engages national Hispanic stakeholder groups on CMS programs and services such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Jeanette has over 10 years of experience in the field of public health and government relations. She began her public health career in the Office of Government and Congressional Relations at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2008, Jeanette co-founded the Volunteer Program for English Proficiency (VPEP) at the NIH, an adult English literacy non-profit organization which offers classes to the NIH housekeeping staff four days a week. A native of Los Angeles, Jeanette first came to Washington, DC in 2000 to serve as a Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional Fellow in the legislative office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Jeanette holds a bachelor’s in political science from California State University, Los Angeles, a master’s of public policy from American University in Washington, DC and a graduate certificate in legislative studies from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University.