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Berry IOP Fellow: Governor Jane Swift

Spring 2023

About Jane Swift

Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift is an accomplished leader in both the public and private sectors and a recognized national voice on education policy, women’s leadership and work/family integration. 

Swift served for fifteen years in state government, including holding the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and State Senator. Since leaving public office, Swift has held roles in the private sector focused on education as a Chief Executive Officer, an adviser to entrepreneurial education companies, a board member and committee chair for public companies, and a partner in a venture capital fund. She serves on a number of boards including Suburban Propane (SPH), a publicly traded propane distribution company, and Climb Credit, a financer of post-secondary education programs. 

With each new challenge Swift brings a transformational leadership style, a passion for educational excellence and innovation, and deep experience and success in leading mission-focused organizations. Today, she serves as a Senior Advisor to Whiteboard Advisors and as an Operating Partner to the Vistria Group as well as founding Cobble Hill Farm Education & Rescue Center.


Berry IOP Fellowship | Spring 2023

Governor Jane Swift visited campus multiple times throughout the semester to share her knowledge, skills, and experiences with students interested in politics, education, and women’s leadership. While on campus, she visited classes, facilitated meals with students, coordinated speaker/workshop events, and hosted one-on-one mentor meetings with students. Below are some highlights from her fellowship.

  • So You Want To Work In Politics? career panel featuring Jenny Armini, Massachusetts State Representative (8th Essex District); Kate Donaghey, Undersecretary of Education & Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of Education; and Cathy Judd-Stein, Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

  • Launch Your Internship and Job Search Workshop

  • Visit to the State House with students for the unveiling of the portraits that Governor Healey and Lt. Governor Driscoll hung in their office including the portrait of former Governor Jane Swift

  • Womxn in Leadership Luncheon

  • Guest speaker at the Berry IOP’s Running for Office Workshop series

  • Farewell Fellows: Embracing Differences and Moving Forward Together featuring both Spring 2023 IOP Fellows Eugenia Gibbons and Governor Jane Swift


Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this Fellow was affiliated with the Berry Institute of Politics.

Learn more about the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics at Salem State University.

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