Meet the President
Meet Jessica Crawford, President of MedTech
Jessica Crawford is the president of MedTech, a non-profit trade association representing New York’s bioscience and medical technology industry. She joined MedTech in October 2012, bringing with her more than 10 years of experience in government relations and community engagement.
Crawford’s commitment to the community is evidenced in her key role as founding chair of 40 Below, a Syracuse-based non-profit organization of young professionals dedicated to revitalizing Upstate New York through culture, civic engagement and regional promotion. She led the efforts to coordinate and execute an inaugural summit in 2004 and introduced new programming, secured funding and cultivated strategic partnerships that ensured the organization’s success.
Just prior to joining MedTech, Crawford served as government affairs manager for SRC, a non-profit research and development company focused in the defense, environment, and intelligence industries. There, she was responsible for all legislative activities and management of the advocacy program for both SRC and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SRCTec.
Crawford previously served as the external relations manager for O’Brien & Gere, where she focused her efforts on government relations and other external related activities including branding and grant opportunities. As the Associate Director of the Office of Government and Community Relations at Syracuse University, she represented the University in the community and helped further its interests through the careful planning, coordination, and implementation of activities at the federal, state, and local government levels. She also served as Project Manager of the Government Performance Project at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University—an unprecedented research activity that assessed state and local government management capacity.
In 2010, the Onondaga County Legislature appointed Crawford as a member of Onondaga County’s Industrial Development Agency board, a special group committed to assisting established industries and businesses expand their operation or to help new firms locate in Onondaga County. She is also a member of the State University of New York of Oswego’s Engineering Advisory Board. Crawford is an active fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. She is a recipient of the United Way’s Campaign Excellence Award, and a former member of the United Way Gifts Cabinet. Crawford also served on the board of Housing Visions Unlimited and the Board of Trustees for the Crouse Health Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse (Class of 2010).
Crawford earned a Master of Public Administration and Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Management and Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Policy Studies at Syracuse University. A native of Northern New York, she currently resides in Syracuse.