Governor names former Alexandria resident to developmental disabilities councilFormer Alexandria resident Loraine Jensen has been appointed to the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, representing the Minnesota Department of Education.
Former Alexandria resident Loraine Jensen has been appointed to the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, representing the Minnesota Department of Education.
Jensen started her career with a year-long disabilities work-study in Sweden.
She later worked in community-based services in Nebraska where she grew up then moved to Minnesota in the early 1980s.
Her first job in Minnesota was executive director of the Douglas County Developmental Achievement Center.
For eight years she worked as a regional early childhood special education coordinator and regional interagency systems change coordinator in west central Minnesota before starting her own consulting business working with public, private and nonprofit organizations.
Recently, she was the manager of home and community living services for the Department of Human Services. She is now the interagency coordination specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education.
Jensen was selected by the Bush Foundation for a leadership fellowship in 2001. She used this opportunity to complete her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs.
During her fellowship, she also completed internships at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and at the Minnesota Legislature.