Chief Officer of Strategic Communication and Development
Christiana Care Health System
As Chief Officer of Strategic Communication and Development at Christiana Care Health System, Drew Fennell is responsible for leading communications strategy, patient experience, philanthropy, and Board and Trustee relations. Fennell joined Christiana Care in 2017 after serving as chief of staff under Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. Before becoming chief of staff she served as policy director and deputy chief of staff.
As a Delaware attorney, she has more than 15 years of senior management experience within government and non-profit agencies, guiding policy positions, communications strategies and fundraising. 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 advocacy for child welfare, LGBT rights, voting rights, education access and more. Fennell has been recognized for her leadership by the Delaware Human Relations Commission, the Delaware State Bar Association, Rutgers University School of Law, ACLU of Delaware, the YWCA NarrateHER History Project, and was a recipient of the Order of the First State.
Fennell received her law degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in Newark. She and her wife Lisa Goodman live in Wilmington with their son, and have three grown children.