Editor’s note: the MAI Board plays many important roles in the organization. It sets policy, oversees our financial health and strategically orients our programming. Meet our Board President, Jeanne Bennett.
Jeanne Bennett is the Executive Director of the SW Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC). The Council is responsible for managing, promoting and supervising the region’s workforce development system. To that end, Jeanne and the Council work closely with business, education, social service, state and federal agencies and others involved in creating a well-trained workforce.
Before joining the SWWDC in 2012, Jeanne Bennett was the Executive Director of the Mount St. Helens Institute where she created science education and conservation opportunities throughout the region.
Prior to this, Jeanne served for five years as Director of Workforce Programs for southwestern Washington counties, an $8 million, multi-year grant program to prepare students for the working world. From 2000 to 2004, she worked for U.S. Representative Brian Baird as District Director and Casework Supervisor. In 1994, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Portland State University, she worked in Portland, Oregon as a congressional caseworker for former U.S. Representative Elizabeth Furse.