WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ketchum has named Al Jackson as a senior vice president of Ketchum Public Affairs. Jackson is a former vice-president of political affairs and grassroots advocacy at the American Hospital Association and a former director of the political action division at the American Medical Association.
“Al’s knowledge of the healthcare industry from virtually every perspective will prove invaluable to our many healthcare clients in both the private and public sectors,” said Susan Molinari, president of Ketchum Public Affairs. “We are fortunate to have someone joining us who has spent years organizing and implementing successful campaigns to improve health policy in this country.”
At the AHA, Jackson developed and implemented legislative, political and grassroots strategies for America’s hospitals and health systems. He worked with hospital, healthcare and association leaders in all 50 states to implement public affairs strategies to ensure hospitals have the resources to deliver high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve. In addition, Jackson brings a deep knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, healthcare and federal budget issues to Ketchum, together with an ability to effectively integrate a public affairs campaign with an association or corporate government relations program.
“Al joins Ketchum at a crucial time in Washington,” said Liz McLean, director of the firm’s Washington office. “The next two years will be challenging for every association and industry in Washington. Al has two decades of knowing how to get things done in Washington and his leadership role will be a great asset across the office and the company, not just for Washington-based clients.”