|Mon Aug 25 @ 8:30AM - 03:00PM|
ARTS FIRST! Conference
Jennifer H. Goulet
President and CEO
248.912.0760, ext. 2#
Jennifer H. Goulet is the President of ArtServe Michigan, providing leadership, vision and management for the organization's work in advocacy, capacity building and strategic communications. She joined ArtServe's staff in 2007 as its Director of Development, was promoted to the position of Director of Organizational Advancement in 2008, and assumed the role of President and CEO in February 2009. As a former Board member for the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, Goulet served on the merger negotiations team for the ArtServe/MACAA merger that was effective in October 2006 and ArtServe Michigan's post-merger transitional Board and Executive Committee.
Prior to joining ArtServe, Goulet served as the Executive Director of the Chelsea Center for the Arts, a vibrant community arts center offering visual arts and music programming, public art projects, and cultural economic development initiatives. Goulet also served as the City of Ypsilanti's Downtown Development Authority Director and Community and Economic Development Director from 1993 to 2005 where she led City initiatives in brownfield redevelopment, downtown revitalization, community master planning, economic development, and historic preservation.
While in Ypsilanti, Goulet was actively involved in leading the Downtown Development Authority's efforts to transform an historic Masonic Temple building into a vibrant, multi-purpose community arts venue – the Riverside Arts Center. In this role, she was also instrumental in coordinating and securing the City's Cool Cities Pilot Community designation from Governor Granholm in 2004 in support of the Riverside Arts Center and its efforts to attract artists, patrons, investors, and visitors to Downtown Ypsilanti as part of the City's revitalization strategy. Goulet was also actively involved in efforts to establish a partnership with DTE Energy for a $1-per-year lease of a vacant DTE Energy building to be redeveloped as an annex to the Center as part of the Cool Cities initiative.
Before moving to Michigan in 1993, Goulet was actively involved in Florida's growth management efforts while serving as the Comprehensive Planning Director for Brevard County, Florida where she was actively involved with the Brevard Cultural Alliance and facilitated the County's first art in public places ordinance.
Goulet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Valparaiso University and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. She is also a 2004 Graduate and Fellow of the ArtServe Michigan Community Arts Leadership Academy, originally established by the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Riverside Arts Center Foundation in Ypsilanti, and represents the creative sector on the Sense of Place Council led by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Municipal League, and the Michigan Main Street Advisory Committee. She formerly served on boards of directors for ArtServe Michigan, the Arts Alliance of the Ann Arbor Area, Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, the Chelsea and Ypsilanti Area Chambers of Commerce, the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation.