Jane Clover Alexander has an immense love for her community, a strong belief in the power of giving and an enduring interest in what makes people tick.
She was tapped as President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson in August 2012. Since she began her tenure, the Foundation has grown to $52 million in assets, with more than 270 funds –double its size in 2012.
New public-private partnerships shepherded by the Community Foundation have seen the launch and ongoing success of the Mississippi Book Festival, remodeling and improving the Farish Street soup kitchen for Central United Methodist Church, blight remediation through Revitalize Mississippi and Action for Jackson, the renovation of Thalia Mara Hall auditorium and the new community Refill Café addressing workforce development.
She currently serves on the boards of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, the Rotary Club of Jackson and the Mississippi chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a member of the CEO Forum of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, was a state captain for Foundations on the Hill, and serves on SECF’s Strategic Planning and Government Relations Committees. She was elected to membership in International Women’s Forum in 2017.
A former magazine editor, Jane was editor of Mississippi Magazine and founded South Magazine, about the people, places and popular culture of the region. She taught journalism at Mississippi College and worked for Communication Arts Company creative agency. Her nonprofit professional experience includes work with Easter Seals, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. She has been on the boards of the Oaks House Museum, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and New Stage Theatre, among others.
A native of Jackson, Jane attended St. Andrews Episcopal School, Jackson Prep and Millsaps College. She earned a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in nonprofit public relations from the University of Mississippi. She also studied at the Else School of Management, St. John’s College, Oxford and the University of London.
Jane’s husband, Brent, is senior public policy advisor at Baker Donelson law firm, and they are the parents of twin almost-10-year-old girls: Elizabeth Chandler and Emily Clare. They are communicants of St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson.
The daughter of longtime community activists, Lois and Chandler Clover, Jane believes her work at the Community Foundation pays tribute to the legacy of service her parents instilled in her from the tender age of 3. And she is proud to say that life does indeed come full circle, as she lives on North State Street, one block from the Baptist Hospital where she was born.