Jane Swift

Jane Swift, 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, will be the featured speaker for the Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 21, during the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Boston.

Swift is the president and executive director of LearnLaunch, the leading nonprofit in New England’s education innovation sector, and was previously the chief executive officer of Middlebury Interactive Languages, from 2011 to 2017.

In 1990, at age 25, Swift was the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate, where she was instrumental in the passage of the Education Reform Act of 1993.

She was elected lieutenant governor in 1998, and became governor three years later after the late Gov. Paul Cellucci resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Canada. Swift is the only woman to have served as governor in Massachusetts and was the first woman in U.S. history to give birth (to twins) while serving as governor. She received acclaim for her actions as governor following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Swift has dedicated her personal and professional life to the belief that access to high-quality education is critical to the ideals of democracy.

She taught leadership studies at Williams College and taught in the Rappaport Program at Boston College Law School. She has received six honorary doctorates and has served as a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Trinity College in 1987.

Swift serves on several boards, including Suburban Propane and Climb Credit, an alternative student lender.

A North Adams native, Swift and her husband, Chuck, live on their family farm in Williamstown. She says the farm and its four resident dairy cows — Amelia, Aurora, Annie and Clarabelle — have become the focus of her social media posts now that daughters Elizabeth, Lauren and Sarah are off at college.

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