Jeanne received an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MPA (public policy) from the University of NC Chapel Hill. She started her career as a 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 worked with Chief Justice Burley Mitchell as his special assistant and Deputy Director at the NC Courts, representing the Courts before the legislature. She worked with Governor Jim Hunt’s Commission for a Competitive NC. She also worked with Governor Bob Scott at the NC Rural Center. Jeanne has worked with corporate, non-profit and government entities, leading government relations, community relations and strategic communications.
In 1994 Jeanne was elected to local office and served for nine years as Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor. She served on the Board of the NC League of Municipalities and on the Board of Triangle J Council of Governments. In 1997, she was chosen to represent North Carolina as a Henry Toll Fellow with the National Council of State Governments.
She has been a tv and radio analyst on a wide range of public policy issues, created a new media company and run a successful consulting business. She has more than twenty-five years of successful strategic relationship building that includes public relations, strategic communications, rebranding cities, earned media, issue campaigns, and government and community relations.