Jean lives in Seattle where she is a civic activist and philanthropist, focused primarily on building a reflective and responsive democracy, promoting a sustainable and equitable food system and values-based investing.
After obtaining her J.D. from University of Washington School of Law and practicing as a trial lawyer in the 1980s, Jean stepped away from her legal career to raise three daughters and focus on community engagement. She has been a consultant to non-profit organizations, stepped in as Interim Executive Director, and served on a number of boards. Currently Jean is the Board Chair at both the Washington Progress Alliance and a new organization she helped launch, Studio Learning. She has been a longstanding member of Social Venture Partners and received their Sullivan/Heningsgaard Service Award in 2016. Jean was a founding member of the Seattle Impact Investment Group, and is a member of the Women Donors Network.
Jean and her husband are Northwest natives who share a passion for this region, but also enjoy traveling the world and staying active through hiking, cycling, and skiing adventures.