Leadership

The Connexus team has been there. We will partner with you to find a new way forward.

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Jen Medearis Costello, MS 

Founder and Principal

jen@connexusstrategies.com

Jen Medearis Costello, MS comes to Connexus with understanding and insight from 20 years of experience inside public health, health care, human services and education agencies at the local, regional and federal levels.

 

With a fresh perspective and knowledge of best practices, Jen partners with you to find practical solutions tailored to your agency. She's driven by her guiding principles of collaboration, equity, authenticity, and creating enduring change

 

Before launching Connexus, Jen directed strategy and planning at Piedmont Health Services, one of NC’s oldest and largest federally-qualified health center organizations. There she designed and led multiple new efforts to increase collaboration inside and outside PHS, as well as expand access and equity. Previously, she teamed with health care providers, researchers and leaders to identify novel approaches to care at UNC Health Care's Center for Innovation. In Washington, D.C., she worked at The Lewin Group as a consultant to the federal Head Start program and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Alongside her work at Connexus, she is an adjunct instructor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

​Jen has a Masters of Science in Maternal and Child Health from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.