BAR HARBOR — LuAnn Ballesteros was named vice president for external and government affairs at The Jackson Laboratory last month and joins the senior management team at the research institution.
In her new role, Ballesteros will shape legislative and policy agendas at federal, state and local levels and lead a team of government relations professionals who work to advance policy initiatives, build strategic partnerships and identify agency funding sources related to research, biotechnology and health care.
“LuAnn has made a tangible mark on this organization and the broader Maine research community,” said Edison T. Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, citing her role in securing passages of recent state bond packages.
Ballesteros joined the laboratory in 2005 as a senior development officer. In 2011, she was promoted to director of government affairs. She also previously held an executive position at Bangor Hydro-Electric Company.
She is a member of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Board, Eastern Maine’s Regional Resource Council and the board of directors of Machias Savings Bank. In 2016, she was appointed to the Maine Economic Growth Council.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Husson College and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Maine, Farmington.
“The Jackson Laboratory plays a critical role in the global biomedical research community and has far-reaching economic impact in Maine, Connecticut and California,” Ballesteros said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to advance a policy agenda that supports JAX’s mission, grows the research sector and increases economic activity in the states where we have facilities.”