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 at SBCAC, she has pioneered new and innovative projects in her rural community by creating the dynamic ARTspace in downtown Hollister, launching strategic creative-placemaking initiatives, advocating for arts in education and developing arts programming for targeted underserved communities, including low-income youth, students with disabilities and youth in corrections. 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.
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 and a M.A. in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany.
Jennifer is trained as a modern dancer and performed with the Mel Wong Dance Company from 1999-2000. She lives with her husband, 3 children, puppy, cat and 5 chickens in Hollister, CA.