mjanerossJane Ross is graduated in December 2015 with a Master’s in Public Affairs (policy) from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Before returning to university in 2013, Jane was a career publishing professional for more than 20 years. Her early career included five years working for multinational print publishers in three countries (the U.K., New Zealand, and Brazil) and in a variety of roles, from editor to business manager.

After moving to the US and taking a break from the workforce, Jane established a freelance editing business in Austin in 1996. Over the next four years, she helped clients with editing and web publishing needs in the computer book publishing, computer manufacturing, and web entrepreneurship industries. In 2000, her focus moved to personal narrative (memoir). Story Circle Network (SCN), a nonprofit that encourages women to write about their lives, became her main client for the next nine years. She oversaw all print publishing for the organization and served a term on the board.

During 2008–09 financial crisis, print publishing was hit hard and Jane realized it was time for a change. Seeing the disconnect between the policy narrative around economics and the public understanding of the causes of the crisis, she wanted to learn more about economics and policy. Through her MPAff degree, Jane hopes to contribute to the intense public debate about how to create a sustainable economy and to help broaden the reach of that debate so that more of those affected by policy have a voice.

Jane returned to her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2016 and is currently applying for positions that will make use of her public policy and communications skills.

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