CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Appoints Anthony Jones as Vice President of External Affairs

Jones brings an accomplished public affairs career to the role of collaborating with policymakers to advance positive health outcomes for communities

Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. – Today, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), the largest not-for-profit health plan in the mid-Atlantic region, announced Anthony Jones as Vice President of External Affairs, joining the Public Policy and Government Affairs Division of the company.  

In this role, Jones will identify, foster and expand strategic partnerships with community partners, local policymakers, nonprofit leaders, trade associations and other state, local and federal stakeholders. Using his accomplished experience in public affairs, policy and business strategy, Jones will lead the public policy and government affairs division’s external affairs team that covers Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.

“CareFirst works to improve health outcomes, health equity and meet the needs of our members in many different capacities,” said Lester Davis, CareFirst Vice President and Chief of Staff. “Anthony’s expertise and experience in public affairs, policy, and business strategy will be critical to advancing CareFirst’s mission, our presence in the community and our advocacy efforts.”

With two decades of experience providing strategic guidance and project management to businesses, labor unions, advocacy organizations and electoral campaigns, Jones has experience at all levels of government, public service leadership, electoral organizing and business administration.

“CareFirst is truly a public-first organization that prioritizes partnerships and strong relationships with the local community and policymakers to impact overall health,” said Jones. “To truly effect change in healthcare, we must create partnerships where nonprofits, corporate businesses and government entities collaborate regularly and efficiently. I look forward to working alongside a dedicated team as we connect with folks across all industries and professions to create a brighter and healthier future for the mid-Atlantic region.”

In his extensive public affairs career, he served as Director of Neighborhood and Constituent Services for a former Baltimore City Council President, Director of Community Relations for Healthcare for the Homeless, and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.

Jones is a proud graduate of Morgan State University, a historically black college and university, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He actively engages in leadership roles and volunteer opportunities throughout the greater Baltimore region.   

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 86th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit healthcare company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.5 million individuals and employers in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2022, CareFirst invested $24.1 million to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of healthcare throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at and our transforming healthcare page at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.