Jennifer Cruickshank is Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) for The Coca-Cola Company for the U.S. East Region. Working in collaboration with franchise bottlers, Jennifer is responsible for government relations, issues management, stakeholder and community relations, corporate social commitment, media and brand PR, and internal and leadership communications across 35 states and territories in the U.S. Jennifer joined Coca-Cola in 2013 as PAC Director for the New England region, where she successfully managed a similar portfolio of work.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Jennifer served as the Director of State Relations for Boston’s longest serving Mayor, Thomas M. Menino. In this capacity, Jennifer managed the City of Boston’s initiatives on Beacon Hill, fostering relationships between the City and its state partners. Jennifer managed the development and advancement of the Mayor’s legislative agenda and state budget priorities. She was also responsible for advising the Mayor about policy issues and other intergovernmental affairs. During her five years in the Menino administration, Jennifer led campaigns to help pass landmark education, municipal health care and pension reform legislation.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, Jennifer managed media and advocacy activities for the American Cancer Society’s New England Division. Jennifer also spent three years as an Associate at Winning Strategies Washington, a boutique public affairs firm in Washington, DC.
She earned her master’s degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2008. She obtained her BA from Bucknell University in 2001, where she also played Division-1 soccer.
A Massachusetts native and die-hard Boston sports fan, Jennifer and her family now live in New York City.