- Vice President, External Affairs, Baptist Health Care
Jennifer Grove is vice president of external relations at Baptist Health Care (BHC). Jennifer provides leadership for external relationships with community, government, media, philanthropic, faith-based and other organizations that are essential to the success of Baptist’s vision to be the trusted partner to improve the quality of life for the communities it serves. She is responsible for the direction of corporate marketing, government relations, Baptist Health Care Foundation, Faith Health Network and the company’s community impact efforts.
Jennifer joined the team at BHC in January 2019 from The Southern Company where she worked for more than 25 years, most recently as Gulf Power’s community development manager. In this role, Jennifer was responsible for leading Gulf Power’s engagement in partnerships that move residents from poverty to prosperity and in growing Northwest Florida’s competitiveness in the areas of education, workforce development and economic development infrastructure as well as regional, industry and entrepreneurship support. Grove was recognized for her role in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent development in 2012 by US News as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM.
Grove earned a Master of Science in organizational communication from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and bachelors’ degrees in political science and communications from Birmingham-Southern College, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jennifer serves on boards for many state and community organizations, including Leadership Florida, the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Children’s Movement of Florida, the UWF Haas Center Council of Economic Advisors, and is a founding executive committee member of ECARE (Every Child A Reader in Escambia County). She is also active as a founding member of Achieve Escambia, a cradle to career education collective impact effort in the Pensacola area. Grove recently completed two terms as a governor-appointed board member of CareerSource Florida, the state workforce investment board, where she served as chair of the Strategic Policy Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXXIII. In 2019, was Grove was a recipient of the Living the Dream award that honors local individuals for exemplifying the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.