Jennifer Schmidt is responsible for long term strategic planning, business operations and the growth of A&I Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc. Jennifer closely monitors regulatory initiatives that impact A&I and its clients, and she collaborates with members of the A&I leadership team to ensure the needs of our clients are met in the face of legislative changes.
Jennifer joined A&I in 1985 and has served in many capacities over the years, including operations, project management, labor relations and marketing. In 1996, she left the company to take some time off with her new husband and then joined Mercer Human Resource Consulting for a year, before returning to A&I in 1998 to participate in the development of new services and offerings designed specifically for self funded clients. Jennifer progressed from office manager to chief operating officer, and became president and chief executive officer in 2002.
To ensure the overall operational success of the company, Jennifer works with the leadership team in virtually every aspect of the business to develop solutions that meet the needs of our clients and to further strengthen A&I’s unique position in the TPA marketplace.
Jennifer is committed to understanding relevant legislation in the healthcare industry on behalf of our clients. She has been involved in legislative committee work and testified during the 2009 Oregon legislative session. She stays connected with her counterparts at other TPAs in an effort to share knowledge, leverage resources and influence policymaking. Jennifer serves on the finance committee for Friends of the Children, a non-profit organization that provides Portland's most at-risk children with intensive and long-term mentors. She previously served on the board of directors of Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon and has volunteered with Dress for Success Oregon. She is also a member of The Link for Women and the Executive Women’s Golf Association.
Jennifer is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators.