The Conafay Group adds Jessica Kenyon as Vice President


March 15, 2016





Kenyon brings 15 years of experience in development of advanced medical technology


Washington, D.C.: Stephen R. Conafay is pleased to announce that Jessica Kenyon will join The Conafay Group effective March 15, 2016.

Joining The Conafay Group as Vice President, Ms. Kenyon brings 15 years of experience in the development of advanced medical technology, with special expertise in federal research and acquisition.  In her new role, she will provide expertise in federal research and development (R&D) programs as well as in partnerships across government, academia, and industry.

Ms. Kenyon joins The Conafay Group after more than four and a half years as Vice President for Health and Life Science Programs at American Defense International, Inc. In this position, she advised numerous corporate, academic, and non-profit clients, both domestic and international, on their federal engagement strategy, particularly with the Department of Defense (DoD).

“Jessica’s skills and expertise will expand The Conafay group’s capacity to serve medical device companies, which are so important to the advancement of health care,” said Conafay. “She’s a true professional, and we’re so glad to welcome her to our team.”

Ms. Kenyon came to the private sector with more than ten years of experience in the oversight, planning, and management of DoD medical R&D programs in multiple technical domains.  From 2001 to 2011, she served in several capacities at the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), where she played a central role in developing a portfolio of medical research to deliver critical medical technologies to the warfighter.  She served as the Director of TATRC’s West Coast Satellite Office in Marina del Rey, California, where she worked to build strategic partnerships among government, academia, and industry in order to foster successful military medical R&D.  While at TATRC West, Ms. Kenyon served as TATRC’s liaison with congressional staff and research award recipients in the Western U.S, and oversaw TATRC’s research portfolio in human performance optimization.  In addition, she established and funded competitive research programs to promote, support, and accelerate university-based, military-relevant medical research and entrepreneurship in Southern California.  Before taking the reins of TATRC West, she served as Congressional Liaison at TATRC’s headquarters office, a role that required her to understand and communicate all aspects of proposal selection, funding, and product development processes within the Army as well as the tri-service realm. She also served as a liaison between TATRC and the Joint Medical Information Systems Office, creating a partnership between the two entities that would facilitate the transition of new and innovative health information technologies from the bench to the bedside.

About The Conafay Group

The Conafay Group LLC is a government relations firm based in Washington, D.C. that works with life science companies, non-profits and coalitions to develop and implement government funding and public policy strategies. The Company works with clients to create and execute on acquiring non-dilutive funding, health policy advocacy, ally development, public-private partnerships, federal marketing, and coalition management.  To learn more, visit us at