Jean McCown is assistant vice president and director of community relations in Stanford University’s Office of Government and Community Relations.
Jean was a member of the Palo Alto City Council from 1990 to 1998 and served as mayor in 1993. She previously served on the Palo Alto Planning Commission and on regional transportation committees including the CalTrain Joint Powers Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Before coming to Stanford in 2004, Jean was a partner at the law firm of Ritchey Fisher Whitman & Klein, where she focused on land use, environmental, and real estate matters.
Jean serves on the boards of the Greenbelt Alliance and the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. She received the John Gardner Leadership Award in 1994 and the Athena Award in 2004.
Jean received a B.A degree from the University of Michigan (1971), an M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin (1973) and a J.D. degree from the University of California, Boalt Hall (1977).
Jean was born in Berkeley, California, and has lived in Palo Alto since 1974.