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 close to $1 million in arts funding for the county, opened two multi-disciplinary art spaces in downtown Hollister, founded the 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 families, veterans, students with disabilities and incarcerated youth. Jennifer has served as a grant panelist for the California Arts Council, Silicon Valley Creates and Center for Cultural Innovation and also serves on the Board of Trustee to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation and Cerra Vista School Site Council. She is a member of Americans for the Arts and the Northern California Public Art Network.
Prior to her work at SBCAC, she worked with other cultural and international organizations, including the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University, the International Diplomacy Council, Kato-gun Board of Education, Japan, and as an independent consultant in Dresden, Germany. She holds a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, a M.A. in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany and is trained as a modern dancer.
Jennifer resides in Hollister with her husband and three children.