Jenn Ungru

Jennifer P. Ungru

Director of Government Affairs / Tallahassee
Fax:

(850) 577-0095

Jenn Ungru

Jennifer P. Ungru

Government Relations & Lobbying Professionals / Tallahassee
Fax:

(850) 577-0095

Email:

jungru@deanmead.com

About Jennifer P. Ungru

Jennifer (Jenn) Ungru leads Dean Mead’s Government Relations & Lobbying practice and has nearly 20 years of political, policy, and governmental experience. She works with a variety of clients on advocacy, strategic development and execution, policy initiatives, messaging, procurement strategy, and targeted crisis response/management.

Jenn offers clients the knowledge and insight she has acquired from serving high-profile roles in the Executive Office of the Governor, the Florida Legislature, and at the highest levels of national and statewide political campaigns. Using her political acumen and an analytical approach, she helps clients define their objectives, build a cohesive strategy, and overcome challenges that stand between them and their goals. She provides a deep understanding of “the how and the why” of policy and the political process that delivers results for clients.

During her career, Jenn has served in the appointed position of deputy chief of staff for Governor Rick Scott, overseeing nine agencies, including the healthcare and public safety departments, as well as the Departments of State and Management Services. Together, these agencies account for more than 45 percent of the state’s total budget.

In addition, she was chief of staff for the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which oversees the state of Florida’s Medicaid program and regulates more than 45,000 healthcare facilities. During her tenure, the agency implemented major health reforms, including the movement to Statewide Medicaid Managed Care, the largest procurement in state history.

Nationally, Jenn has extensive political experience in 13 states, as well as with the Republican National Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee. Jennifer was tapped by the DeSantis campaign for Election Day Operations. She then led the recount efforts and strategy for Governor DeSantis. She was then asked to both present to the Transitional Advisory Committee on Government Operations regarding the 2018 elections and recounts, and serve as a member to the Health Care Transition team.

Experience Highlights

Ms. Ungru, along with the Dean Mead Team, has successfully navigated the appropriations process to secure funding for water projects and road projects on behalf of local governments we represent in both plentiful and lean budget years. (2)Healthcare Licensure can be confusing and difficult. Ms. Ungru has guided clients through the licensure process that has resulted in an expedited process for those entering into the market and others who are making changes

Sometimes, defense is the best offense. Ms. Ungru has assisted her clients in thwarting legislative attempts that would have negatively impacted their businesses in healthcare and other regulated industries.

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  • Juris Doctor: Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts: Loyola College of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000

  • Quoted in "Death of a swing state: How Florida lost its purple and embraced its red," City & State Florida, November 10, 2022