San Diego holds a special place in Dr. Jennifer Campbell’s heart. She fell in love with the city the first time she visited thirty years ago and promised herself to live here one day. That opportunity arose when she retired from her medical practice in Pittsburgh and moved to San Diego. Since then, she has become an active member of our community, teaching, volunteering on civic projects, working with charities, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Clairemont Town Council. She decided to run for City Council to bring some much needed responsiveness to our City’s problems. San Diego needs healing, and Dr. Jen will be the Doctor on Call to Fix City Hall.
Dr. Jen was born and raised in Colorado. Her father was a machinist and her mother a homemaker, secretary, and community volunteer. Her family was poor financially, but rich in love and tradition. They showed Jennifer the value of citizen involvement in our democracy and how government affects people’s daily lives. She was taught to respect diverse opinions and work well with others.
Dr. Jen attended public schools and studied history at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she became active in the Civil Rights Movement and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She got married, had two daughters, and once her children became school-aged, Dr. Jen decided she wanted to become a doctor. At the time, women had limited career choices and studying medicine was not common. That didn’t stop Dr. Jen. She began her studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In her first year, she became a single mother but carried on with her education, raising her children, and earning her medical degree.
Dr. Jen is passionate about taking care of people of all ages and generations, which led her to choose Family Medicine for her three-year residency after medical school. She also learned Acupuncture and became Board Certified in Holistic Medicine. For twenty-four years, she practiced Family Medicine, caring for thousands of patients while also teaching medical students and residents. When she moved to San Diego, she continued to teach Integrative Medicine for 12 years.
Dr. Jen has been an active member in the San Diego community since she arrived, serving in many capacities in the San Diego County and California State Democratic Party, on the Board and as interim Executive Director of The Human Dignity Foundation, and helping direct grassroots organizing for community projects throughout the city. She taught Integrative Medicine at the Doctoral and Masters levels at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Jen lives in the Bay Ho neighborhood of Clairemont. She and her partner Suzanne share six children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.