Jeanne received an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MPA from the University of NC Chapel Hill. Jeanne has more than twenty years of successful strategic relationship building ability for successful community and government relations, communications and marketing, and economic development. Since 1997, Jeanne has served in senior level positions, managing staff and developing and implementing key strategic initiatives.
She started her career as a registered federal lobbyist in 1985 and was featured on the front page of USA Today in 1986 for work on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Jeanne successfully lobbied for additional appropriations for the NC Courts for technology and personnel as a State legislative liaison for the Judicial Branch of Government, appointed to the position by then Chief Justice Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.
In 1997, she was chosen to represent North Carolina as a Henry Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. Jeanne was Mayor Pro Tem of Knightdale, NC and the Deputy Director of the NC Courts at the time she was chosen. Jeanne was nominated by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and then Chief Justice Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.
Jeanne was elected to local office and served for nine years, including service as Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor. She was elected to the Board of the NC League of Municipalities by her peers and served on the Nominating and Finance Committees.
Over the past five years, Jeanne has successfully branded and rebranded organizations and cities, including the development of community visioning processes. Jeanne is presently a strategic communications and economic development consultant working for non-profit, private sector and public clients.