LSC’s new Board Chair, Jennifer Menard, is a familiar face to many on the SouthCoast, having served on several area boards and committees and state-wide to local organizations. She credits her LSC experience for helping her realize that, although our region has many talented people, there’s a critical need to bring together leaders for development and for convening people interested in positive change for the SouthCoast. Jennifer currently oversees the local, state, federal and private grants for Bristol Community College and in July, will also take over as the Interim Vice President of External Affairs for the school.
What do you do professionally?
In July, I will take over as the Interim Vice President of External Affairs at Bristol Community College. The VP oversees economic development, adult education, workplace literacy, workforce development, community education, and other projects such as offshore wind. These areas are critical to truly change the educational attainment of the region as well as provide pathways for the region’s residents into a career or an education. I also oversee the local, state, federal and private grants for the college.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
Coming from a community college, I feel very engaged in the SouthCoast region with a focus on providing access to a successful life for residents through education. I have always been very active in the community through volunteering in many ways including serving on local boards and committees. I have served on state-wide to local organizations providing time, advice and effort to collaborate on solving regional obstacles as well as support positive, transformative projects. I am motivated by my love of the region and my belief that the SouthCoast is a great place to live, work, and play. I feel tremendous excitement about offshore wind for the region and believe this nascent industry will bring positive economic development to our area.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
I have a point of view as an LSC graduate as well as a member of the board. As a graduate, the program provided me an opportunity to learn from other promising leaders as well as the value of networking with the other program participants and alumni. The experience strengthened my leadership skills but the true impact was my belief in the need for leaders in the region. The program made me realize that, although there is a great deal of talented people in the region, there was a critical need for the LSC program to bring together leaders for development and convening people interested in positive change for the SouthCoast
Describe your leadership in one word.