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Eagleton Faculty, Staff and Visiting Associates


THOMAS R. WILSON

Tom Wilson, a lifelong New Jerseyan, has an extensive background in government, politics and public affairs. He is currently the director of public affairs at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's largest and most experienced health insurer.  He oversees all public relations, media relations, and social media and is part of a larger team responsible for crafting, coordinating and executing Horizon's communication's strategies.  He was previously a partner at Kaufman Zita Group (KZG), one of the most recognized, respected, and relied- upon public affairs firms in New Jersey where his client's interests included health care, insurance, financial services, higher education, regulated industries, the environment, energy, the non-profit sector, trade associations and commerce.  

Wilson served as a communications consultant to the campaign of New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and as chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Earlier, Wilson was a partner in a successful public affairs firm based in Trenton and represented a portfolio of clients that ranged from Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies to small trade associations.

Wilson's professional experience also includes senior-level positions in government, including chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Garabed "Chuck" Haytaian and communications director to Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. He also managed the successful 1997 re-election campaign of Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Wilson served on the board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority from 2001-2004 and The Carrier Clinic, New Jersey's largest behavioral and mental health care facililty, from 2011-2015. 

Wilson currently serves on the board of trustees at Raritan Valley Community College.  He has been a frequent guest lecturer at Rutgers University and Rider University and has, since the fall of 2014, led the internship seminar for the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Vermont.