#8 Mary O’Dowd

N.J. Department of Health, Commissioner

Mary O’Dowd
Mary O’Dowd
NJBIZ Power 100

The ACA’s impact on all things health care is enormous. As the state’s health commissioner, O’Dowd has to oversee all of this — along with a staff of more than a thousand and a budget of nearly $2 billion. “She has to oversee so many things,” said one insider, “that she has an enormous amount of influence.” A member of NJBIZ’s 40 Under 40 list last fall, she is one half of a New Jersey power couple: Her husband, Kevin, is Christie’s chief of staff and the governor’s pick to be the next attorney general.

Mary O’Dowd

N.J. Department of Health

Ranked: 8
Last Year's Rank: 41
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