Jaci provides facilitation leadership for the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success and the Itasca Networks for Youth. She also is responsible for connecting the work of the Blandin Foundation to statewide organizations involved in education policy.
Jaci earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Calvin College and a master’s degree in community development from the department of resource development at Michigan State University. She worked in health care, public health and community education before joining the Foundation. She is a board member for Bridges Kinship Mentoring and is active in her church. She sees vibrant community evident when all individuals are welcome at any event, and as places filled with hopefulness built on relationships that form across sector and income lines based on community members’ authentic desire to know and support each other.