Dr. Jeanette Kowalik is President and Owner of Jael Solutions Consulting Services and contributing faculty at Baylor University’s online Master of Public Health program. Both roles enable her to focus on dismantling racism and advocating for equitable policies and practices at the national, state, and local levels.
Previously, Dr. Kowalik was the Commissioner of Health for the City of Milwaukee where she led the department’s COVID-19 response and declaration of racism as a public health crisis in 2019. She began her career as an intern at the City of Milwaukee Health Department in 2002 and returned in 2018 to serve as the department’s commissioner. Her experience also includes serving as the Director of Policy Development at Trust for America’s Health and Associate Director of Women’s and Infant Health at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. She holds faculty appointments at Baylor University and Columbus State University.
Dr. Kowalik earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Health Science and a Master’s in Public Health from Northern Illinois University. She also attended the Management Academy for Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.