Jake Whitaker , Director, Government Affairs

Jake Whitaker

Jake Whitaker is the director of government affairs at the Maryland Hospital Association. He is responsible in this role for advocating for policies and legislation on behalf of MHA's members—all the state's hospitals—to advance health and health care in Maryland. 

Prior to joining MHA in 2023, Jake served as chief of staff at the Behavioral Health Administration for the Maryland Department of Health. Prior to that he was the deputy legislative officer for Governor Larry Hogan responsible for health policy. He also served as deputy director of government affairs for the Maryland Department of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was a member of the Maryland Attorney General's COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force. 

He is an attorney with a degree from the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland and received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University.