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 three 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 Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates, where she is Chair of the Policy Committee.
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. Recently, Jennifer completed the Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership at Stanford University, and she also holds a Certificate in Design Thinking from IdeoU.