Taft’s vice president for communications, Jayne O’Connor is an award-winning communications professional who has advised CEOs and political leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She did time in the hot seat as press secretary to former New Jersey Governor and national political figure Christie Whitman, engaging in daily banter with the media, managing crisis communication and planning strategy. As a member of the governor’s management she played a role in all major decisions.
Jayne specializes in healthcare communications and marketing and philanthropy communications. She led Capital Health’s successful rebranding and reputational transformation to become a regional healthcare destination and market share leader and positioned it for the new era of healthcare reform and population management. Understanding the critical role relationships play in the selection of healthcare options, she created and published Capital Health’s RealWoman magazine, website and social media channels to facilitate engagement with the healthcare system by women in its market. RealWoman has received several national awards.
A recognized community leader with a history of service on local non-profit boards, Jayne managed Capital Health’s strategic community relations and giving.
As director of corporate communications at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Jayne supported internal and external communications and issue management for the human resources, real estate and medical imaging organizations and public relations for the company’s foundation. She also managed community relations and corporate philanthropy in the northeast region.
Jayne helped to found the Mercer County affiliate of Dress for Success and continues to serve on its board. She served on the board and executive committee of the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of the Trenton YWCA and Hopewell YMCA.