New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
Jean has lived in Bloomington for over 25 years, coming here for a graduate degree and then ending up putting down roots. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved around a lot growing up, living in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, California, and back to Illinois by high school. Now that she has settled in Bloomington for so long, this feels like her adopted home town! So it was a real honor for her to be named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year in 2016. She has been with her wife, Jenny, for 21 years, with just the last 4 being “legal”, thanks to a court ruling in 2014. Her amazing step-daughter, Amy, is a high school English teacher in northwest Indiana. Jean and Jenny love to travel, enjoying short in-state day trips or longer trips cross-country by Amtrak. Locally, they feel spoiled by the diversity of amazing local restaurants, brew pubs, and distilleries, as well as the wealth of activities, events, and parks in Bloomington and Monroe County! Jean loves to bird watch with Jenny, especially at Goose Pond in Greene County and at the nearby Still Water marsh on the way to Nashville, or even just at their back yard feeder.
Professionally, Jean is a licensed clinical social worker and has experience in outpatient mental health and addiction, working with people with intellectual and physical disabilities, has owned her own private practice business, and started her career by interning at our local emergency shelter. She is now employed providing outreach and education on brain injury in southern Indiana. She also has a long history of advocacy, working for marriage equality, employment protections, common sense gun laws, and encouraging political action and engagement. Her public service on the Bloomington Utilities Services Board gives her an up-close understanding of the importance of processes that ensure public health and safety, the right mix of gray and green infrastructure, and the need for collaboration between departments to keep our city running well and efficiently. She has worked on numerous political campaigns, working to elect people who support progressive policies.
Jean loves this community and wants to put her talents and experience to work for this city she calls home. She has the utmost respect for the service of the current city council members, yet knows that it’s time for some fresh ideas and new perspectives on the council. She is excited to connect with the community in this at-large race and looks forward to listening, learning, and putting what she learns to work for Bloomington!