Overview of
The Linda Jenckes
Health Care Policy Program

Linda Jenckes (Age 70) Of McLean VA, passed away on January 12, 2018 while battling complications from lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Sherburne Jenckes V, her son Joseph Sherburne Jenckes VI and her sisters Carolyn Purdy and Patricia Crowley of Chicago, Illinois. Linda was born to a strong Lithuanian family on the south-side of Chicago in 1947. She attended Arizona State University and in her freshman year was the first woman ever to have the honor of being the Arizona State Sun Devil mascot. Following College, Linda answered an ad for "men only," a managerial position at Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield. She got the job and rose to Vice President of PR and Advertising.

Linda married Joseph Sherburne Jenckes V on the 8th of April 1972 in Phoenix, Arizona where they lived shortly before moving to Washington DC. In 1973, Linda became Director of Government Relations at the Blue Shield Association. She served in the Reagan administration as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Linda then left to become Senior Vice President of the Health Insurance Association of America as their chief lobbyist and spokesperson.

In 1995, she founded Linda Jenckes and Associates, a legislative, media and consulting firm. She represented groups in both the private and public sectors. Her primary focus was in biotech, pharmaceutical, the insurance industry and patient advocacy groups. Linda served on a number of corporate, philanthropic and association boards including: The Ripon Society, ICAN, NABI, John Alden Financial Corporation, VIVUS, and the National Polycystic Kidney Disease Research Foundation. She was also a founding member of Health on Wednesday, the first women's health lobbying group.

Her philanthropic spirit began with the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in 1971. She became a trustee of the National Capital Chapter of NMSS and then served as its chair from 1995-1997. She was elected to the National Advisory Council for The National Women's History Museum and was instrumental in its forthcoming construction on the Mall in Washington, DC.

Linda's zest for life was truly contagious, her spirit lives on through all that knew her.

Services will be held at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA on Saturday, January 20 at 1 p.m. There will be a separate Celebration of Life following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Linda's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and The Linda Jenckes Health Care Policy Program at the International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN).

Religious Service Information

St Luke's Catholic Parish
7001 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Saturday, January 20 at 1 p.m



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