Marcela Manjarrez Hawn serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer for Centene Corporation. In this capacity, Marcela oversees all strategic communications for the company, including the planning and development of programs that effectively describe and promote Centene, its services, and its products. Marcela oversees all media and public relations across the Centene enterprise, including all health plans and specialty subsidiaries, in addition to serving as its main media spokesperson. She also manages the Centene Charitable Foundation, which makes substantial contributions to initiatives that improve the quality of life and health in our communities.
Marcela has more than 20 years of experience in economic research, analysis, and strategic communications. Prior to joining Centene, Marcela was Vice President, Public Affairs for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She led the external communications, industry relations, and public outreach functions for the bank, headquartered in St. Louis and serving all of Arkansas and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Marcela earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her master’s degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Arts and Education Council. She also serves as an advisory board member for Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for Finance and Accounting Research.