Northern Region Director, Network for Public Health Law
Jill specializes in providing legal technical assistance, building relationships and fostering connections among public health leaders across the country, and creating practical legal tools and training to assist practitioners, attorneys and advocates in crafting public health solutions. Jill has a particular interest in promoting the use of food and agricultural laws (including nutrition, farm safety net, conservation, rural development, and research programs) to better support health at the population level. Before joining the Network, Jill served as a senior staff attorney at Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), a national nonprofit law center that provides legal services to family farmers and rural communities. While at FLAG, Jill served as principal investigator in a healthy eating research project. The resulting report, Planting the Seeds for Public Health: How the Farm Bill Can Help Farmers to Produce and Distribute Healthy Foods, was released in the summer of 2010. Earlier in her legal career, Jill served as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.
B.A., U Earlham College, with honors
J.D., University of Iowa Law School, with high distinction