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


Jackson joined the company in 2002, and served as the senior vice president of human resources.

In the fall of 2008, she led the development of an expanded strategy to collaboratively build a sustainable health care system in Iowa and South Dakota. This ultimately means that the average increase in health care costs for our members will be equal to the Consumer Price Index, a standard measure of inflation. As a result, she was appointed to executive vice president, Health Care Strategy and Policy.

Currently, Jackson is executive vice president, Health Care Innovation & Business Development. She is responsible for sales, marketing, public relations, management and compensation of the provider network, pharmacy, health and care management, wellness, and health care sustainability and strategy. The combination of responsibilities under Jackson’s leadership allows complete integration and collaboration to ensure holistic solutions are applied to meet customer needs.

Prior to joining Wellmark in July of 2002, Jackson was vice president of human resources at The Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. Before that, she worked in various human resources roles in Des Moines and in the Washington D.C., area.

Jackson is the current board president for the Healthiest State Initiative. She is a member of Iowa State University’s Food, Science and Human Nutrition Advisory Council and the LAS Dean’s Advisory Council. Jackson has served on a variety of health care-and wellness-related boards throughout her career. In 2013, she was chosen as one of eight women to receive the Des Moines Business Record’s Women of Influence Award. Jackson was also chosen by Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to receive its 2014 Citation of Merit Award.