Jennifer Laine has served as Executive Director of the San Benito County Arts Council, a local arts agency based in Hollister, California, since 2010. In her tenure as Executive Director, she has raised millions of dollars in arts funding for the county, opened two multi-disciplinary art spaces in downtown Hollister, co-founded the City of Hollister’s Public Art Review Committee, advocated for arts in education and developed dedicated arts programming for some of the area’s most underserved communities, including low-income youth, veterans, students with disabilities and youth in corrections. Jennifer has served as a grant panelist for the California Arts Council and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation and Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates. She is a member of Americans for the Arts and the Northern California Public Art Network.
Previously, Jennifer worked with other cultural and international organizations, including the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University, the International Diplomacy Council and Kato-gun Board of Education, Japan. She holds a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, a M.A. in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany. She is trained as a modern dancer and currently teaches Zumba at Oasis Fitness in Hollister.