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Agency Leadership

Jennifer Read
Chief of Staff

Jennifer Read, Chief of StaffJennifer Read serves as Chief of Staff for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

In this role, she resolves issues that cross organizational lines, coordinates decision-making processes, and helps ensure that the agency focuses on the Director’s highest priority initiatives. She also oversees DHEC’s divisions of Communications and Public Affairs, Freedom of Information, Legislative Affairs, and Strategy and Continuous Improvement.

Prior to her current role, Read served as the agency’s Chief Communications Officer. During her tenure as CCO, she oversaw the first rebranding of the agency in more than 20 years. Read also led the agency’s crisis communication and issues management responses to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and the historic flooding that struck South Carolina in October 2015.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in public administration from College of Charleston.