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August 6, 2014
Contact: HHS Press Office

Secretary Burwell announces Region II Director of HHS

Area consists of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced her appointment of Jackie Cornell-Bechelli as Region II Director of HHS.

"I am delighted to welcome Jackie Cornell-Bechelli to our team of regional directors at HHS,” said Secretary Burwell.  “Jackie is a devoted public servant, and I look forward to her work helping people in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secure the building blocks they need to live healthy, successful lives.”

As a regional director, Cornell-Bechelli will serve as a key representative of Secretary Burwell in working with federal, state, territorial, local, and tribal officials on health and social service issues, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Region II office is based in New York City, and works with officials in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Cornell-Bechelli was director of outreach for Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12). Named one of "50 Women Who Made the Election" by the Huffington Post, Cornell-Bechelli served as both the deputy field director in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as the state director in New Jersey for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.  She has held leadership positions with New Jersey Citizen Action, Organizing for America, and Planned Parenthood, where she focused on coalition development and public engagement.

Cornell-Bechelli is the founder and current board chair of the New Jersey chapter of the New Leaders Council, an entrepreneurial leadership program for rising young professionals.  She is a founding board member of Emerge-New Jersey, and serves on the Board of Trustees for New Jersey Policy Perspective and the Women in Learning and Leadership Program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Cornell-Bechelli is a graduate of TCNJ and lives in Ewing Township, New Jersey, with her husband and son.

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Last revised: August 6, 2014

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