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Education

Laura Jackson received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Career

Jackson has been with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield since 2002, and serves as executive vice president, chief health officer. Jackson's focus is on ensuring Wellmark members can access affordable, high-quality care and live healthier lives.

Under her leadership, Wellmark is working both inside and outside the health care system to implement a balanced approach to continuously improve quality, reduce the rate of health care cost increases, engage consumers and help create healthier communities for Iowans and South Dakotans. Jackson drives these efforts forward by overseeing the management and compensation of the provider network, pharmacy, health services, community health improvement, and The Wellmark Foundation.

Prior to joining Wellmark, Jackson was vice president of human resources at The Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. Before that, she worked in human resources roles in Des Moines and in the Washington, D.C. area.

Jackson serves on various Boards of Directors which include Des Moines University, ITA Group, Healthiest State Initiative, and as a member of Iowa State University's Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Dean's Advisory Council. In 2013, she was chosen as one of eight women to receive the Des Moines Business Record's Women of Influence Award. She was also chosen by Iowa State University College of LAS to receive the 2014 Citation of Merit Award.