Drewry Nash Fennell, Esq., joined the senior leadership of Christiana Care in January as chief officer of strategic communication and development.
Fennell comes to Christiana Care from the office of former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, where she served as chief of staff and oversaw the work of 16 cabinet secretaries and other senior staff. Before becoming Gov. Markell’s chief of staff she served as policy director and deputy chief of staff.
As chief officer of strategic communication and development she is responsible for leading communications strategy and philanthropic efforts in alignment with Christiana Care Health System’s strategic aims — optimal health, exceptional experience and organizational vitality — and serving as senior adviser to President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, on board and trustee engagement.
As a Delaware attorney, Fennell has more than 15 years of senior management experience within government and nonprofit agencies, guiding policy positions, communications strategies and fundraising.
She has extensive experience working with both appointed and volunteer boards of directors throughout Delaware and currently serves as a board member of Delaware First Media — WDDE Public Radio and Equality Delaware.
Among her many accomplishments, Fennell has served as executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council and was responsible for leading a team that won a federal grant to have Delaware participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative — a national program to safely reduce prison population through data-driven, evidence-based strategies.
Her work as the executive director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware involved executing integrated issue campaigns related to topics such as child welfare, LGBT rights and more.
Fennell received her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, New Jersey, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in Newark.