Jenna Carter, MPH, is an At-Large Councilmember for the city of Bloomington, Minnesota. In this role, she also serves on the city’s Port Authority and Housing and Redevelopment Authority, as well as the Statewide Community Health Services Advisory Council. Jenna began her first term in January 2020 and has since led policy efforts including Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, passing an Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance, and banning the sale of all flavored and menthol tobacco products in the city.
Jenna brings over 15 years of experience working in public health and healthcare with an emphasis on policy and systems change and health equity integration. Currently, she is the Associate Executive Director of Mission & Strategy at the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota where she provides strategic direction to the organizations programs and services, community outreach, and legislative advocacy. Prior to that, Jenna worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota where she led the launch of mobile COVID-19 vaccination units, reaching 7,000 individuals with access barriers. She also led a successful campaign to pass a Healthy Food Financing Initiative in Minnesota, providing grants to grocery retailers to increase access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods in low- and moderate-income areas.
Jenna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Iowa State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and a fellowship in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She is a wife, a mom to Dylan (12) and Evelyn (9), and enjoys long runs, reading, and cheering on Minnesota sports teams.