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Jessa Barnard Esq.

Executive Vice President
Vermont Medical Society

Jessa Barnard is the Vermont Medical Society’s (VMS) incoming executive vice president. She is a native of Bennington and holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Stanford University School of Law.

She served as VMS’ policy specialist from 2002 to 2005. Following her graduation from law school, she founded a program in San Jose, California to address the legal barriers to health stability facing low income individuals living with diabetes. She then spent four years with the Maine Medical Association, most recently as their associate general counsel, representing physicians in Augusta and addressing their legal and regulatory concerns. From 2016 to 2017 she served as the Medical Society’s general counsel and vice president for policy before being named executive vice president in 2017.

Jessa has over 10 years of experience in health care policy and regulation, and is a frequent speaker on topics including health reform, advocacy and issues in health law. She lives in Montpelier with her husband and two children.