Meet Erica Jefferson, Acting Assistant Commissioner for Media Affairs
Erica Jefferson is the FDA’s Acting Assistant Commissioner for Media Affairs. In this role, she oversees the planning, development and implementation of agency-wide media communications strategies for disseminating regulatory and educational information to the public through the news media. Ms. Jefferson advises the Commissioner and other key agency officials on FDA's communication to the media and serves as a liaison with the Public Health Service and the Department of Health and Human Services on media activities. The FDA Office of Media Affairs is the agency's focal point for preparing, clearing and disseminating press announcements and other statements for the news media, as well as arranging and facilitating press conferences, media briefings, interviews and other news events.
Prior to this role, Ms. Jefferson served as the Deputy Director for Strategy in the office. During her time at the agency, Ms. Jefferson has served as the agency's lead spokesperson with the news media on a variety of critical policy and regulatory initiatives.
Immediately prior to joining FDA, Ms. Jefferson worked for Genentech Inc., as a Corporate Relations Manager where she managed product communications and patient advocacy activities for several oncology and immunology drug therapies.
Ms. Jefferson has previously held communications positions with the American Pharmacists Association where she served as the primary media spokesperson on key policy initiatives including pharmaceuticals in the environment, Medicare Part D and medication misuse and The McGinn Group (currently McGinn and Company), where she provided communication support for a variety of pharmaceutical, academic, transportation, and financial services clients.
Ms. Jefferson holds a Master's degree in Health Communication from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park.