The office of Government and Community Affairs works to build and strengthen Johns Hopkins‘ relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, policymakers, business and community leaders, and neighborhood residents, whose interest and support are vital to the mission of Johns Hopkins.

Jeanne Hitchcock is Interim Vice President leading a team that covers Baltimore City and communities across Maryland and Washington, DC, and coordinates with the Vice President of Federal Strategy for Johns Hopkins and the Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at All Children's Hospital in Florida. 

Montgomery County Government and Community Affairs (Montgomery County, MD) | Sibley Memorial Hospital Community Affairs (Washington, DC) | All Children's Hospital Government and Community Affairs (St. Petersburg, FL)

Jeanne Hitchcock

Jeanne D. Hitchcock Esq.

Interim Vice President for Local Government, Community and Corporate Affairs

Jeanne Hitchcock has been a practicing attorney, small business owner, and has served in executive management positions in the private, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Hopkins, she held two cabinet level posts in the administration of Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, and she previously served as Deputy Mayor of Baltimore City. Jeanne also served for eight years as an assistant attorney general in the office of the Maryland Attorney General. For eight years she was national director of urban market development at The Southland Corporation, owner and operator of 7-Eleven stores. Her experience also includes a tenure as chief operating officer with the national office of the NAACP in Baltimore, Maryland, and as managing partner in her own law firm in Baltimore. She received a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Pam Crunkleton

Pamela Crunkleton

Executive Specialist to the Vice President

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2009, Pam worked as an Executive Assistant for over 15 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University. Pam also received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Community College of Allegheny County.

Montgomery County Government and Community Affairs (Montgomery County, Maryland)

Leslie Ford Weber

Leslie Ford Weber

Director of Government and Community Affairs, Johns Hopkins in Montgomery County, and Federal Strategy

For the past 20 years, Leslie has lived and worked in Montgomery County and as a result, has established personal and professional relationships with local government and community organizations. Leslie represents both the university and the health system in their interactions with Montgomery Country elected officials, the business community and other external organizations.  She is also part of the Johns Hopkins Federal Strategy team.  Before joining Government & Community Affairs at Hopkins, Leslie held a dual role as Executive Vice President of the Suburban Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Suburban Hospital. She is active with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce;  Montgomery Women; a past chair of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; and a 2007 Leadership Montgomery core program graduate. 

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Sibley Memorial Hospital Community Affairs (Washington, DC)

Marissa McKeever

Marissa McKeever

Director of Community Affairs, Sibley Memorial Hospital

Marissa joined Sibley Memorial Hospital in May 2015. She is an attorney and began her career in government. Prior to joining Sibley, Ms. McKeever most recently served as a senior legislative assistant where she advanced and monitored legislation, engaged in policy research and analysis, and managed key stakeholder and constituent concerns. She also practiced health law, advising a variety of clients on federal and state regulatory compliance matters. Ms. McKeever is currently the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Sibley Memorial Hospital. She is responsible for representing Sibley’s local legislative and regulatory interests and managing the development of business and community partnerships with Sibley and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Ms. McKeever earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Messiah College. She is a member of the bar in Maryland and DC. Visit the Sibley Memorial Hospital Community Health Page to learn about their community programs.

Rayna Smith

Rayna Smith

Associate Director of DC Government Affairs, Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins University

Rayna joins The Johns Hopkins University and Health System in a role that will extend and strengthen the legislative and public policy impact in the District of Columbia. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Rayna served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for supporting the mayor in coordinating a comprehensive system of benefits, goods, and services across multiple agencies to ensure that children and adults can lead healthy, meaningful, and productive lives. Some of the major agencies under her purview included the Department of Health, the Department of Health Care Finance, and the Department of Behavioral Health. Prior to that position, Rayna served as the Director of the Committee of Health for the Council of the District of Columbia where she was responsible for working with council members and their staff to develop legislation that impacted the city’s health sector. Rayna earned her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

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All Children's Hospital Government and Community Affairs (St. Petersburg, FL)

Kimberly Berfield

Kimberly Berfield

Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, All Children's Hospital

Kimberly joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as vice president, government and community affairs, in February 2017. Berfield leads mission-based community initiatives at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She also serves as an advocate for child health issues in Tallahassee on both the legislative and regulatory fronts. Berfield served as Deputy of Secretary of the Florida Department of Health from 2007 to 2012, having previously been a member of Florida House of Representatives for four terms. Following her work for the state of Florida, she served on senior management teams at Wellcare Health Plans and Primerica. Visit the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital website to learn more about their community programs.

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