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Director, Office of Policy

Jessica Myers

 

Jessica Myers was appointed director of policy for the Department of State on March 4, 2019.

In her role as policy director, Myers manages the department's policy and regulatory development process in coordination with the Governor's Office of Policy.  She provides research, analysis and recommendations on key departmental issues that impact the program areas of charities and corporations, elections and professional licensure.

Myers previously served as deputy policy director, supporting the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation (BCEL) and the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (BCCO) with legislative and regulatory policy analysis. She evaluated emerging policy issues for the department, including election modernization and improving accessibility for customers with disabilities and/or low English proficiency.  She also collaborated with other state agencies on important issues such as implementation of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), election technology procurement and election cybersecurity preparedness.

Prior to rejoining the department in July 2017, Myers spent seven years in the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's Testing and Certification Division, ending her time there as senior certification specialist. She was responsible for managing voting system certification campaigns, developing the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines and providing election administration support to states, territories, counties and voters.

Prior to joining the EAC in April 2010, Myers served as chief of the Division of Campaign Finance and Lobbying Disclosure from 2007 to 2008 and chief of the Division of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) from 2006 to 2007 at the Department of State.

Myers holds a master's degree in local history from the University of Ulster, Belfast, and a bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies from Gettysburg College.

Myers lives in Susquehanna Township with her dog Maebh.