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Jill Jewett

Jill Jewett is the president of Jewett Consulting, which is focused on community-building projects, strategic planning and problem solving for non-profit organizations.  Jill’s expertise has placed her at the center of many progressive and community oriented projects.  She is currently serving as Project Manager for the MATCH: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, which was established by a group of diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts organizations that seek to create a centralized, financially stable and synergistic environment for a broad spectrum of arts groups. In addition to working with the MATCH, groups such as the Hobby Center Foundation, the University of Houston, Project Row Houses, and the Houston Public Library Foundation are examples of organizations that are currently benefiting from Jill’s wide range of knowledge and leadership.

Prior to starting her consulting firm, Jill was the Mayor’s Assistant for Cultural Affairs in Mayor Bill White’s administration.  Her primary responsibility was to manage the city’s role in historic preservation, the arts, and cultural initiatives.  In this capacity she helped direct the expansion of the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, and oversaw the development of the African American Library at the Gregory School, the establishment of Old Sixth Ward as a Protected Historic District, as well as the renovation of the historic Julia Ideson Library building, which houses Houston’s archives.  Additionally, she negotiated the expansion of the Museum of Natural Science, worked to increase awareness of local artists through the “Art in City Hall” exhibit, established the Houston History Association, reorganized and consolidated the city-funded arts organizations into the newly-formed Houston Arts Alliance, and commissioned Houston’s first Economic Impact Study for the Arts.  One of her initial successes was bringing the international “Coexistence” exhibit to Houston with programming to celebrate the city’s diversity.

Jill holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and American Studies from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Business Administration from Rice University.  Jill is currently on the board of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the Houston Parks Board, the East Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the Glassell School of Art.  Past boards have included St. John’s School, Hermann Park Conservancy, The Shepherd School of Music, the Contemporary Arts Museum, and Congregation Beth Israel.

Regina Romano

Regina was brought on in 2011 to assist in research, organization, and the administration of this growing business. Since joining Jewett Consulting, Regina has researched and helped develop a Masters of Arts program in Arts Leadership for the University of Houston, participated in developing an Autism-Friendly Performance of the Lion King at the Hobby Center, and has also played a vital role in the progression of the MATCH: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.  

Prior to working with Jewett Consulting, Regina worked as a Director for Grassroots Campaigns Inc. in Austin, Texas, a fundraising organization that specializes in assisting with political campaigns, as well as capital campaigns for progressive non-profits.  Regina helped run a fast-paced campaign office by recruiting, training, and managing staff for Grassroots Campaigns. Regina also has served as an intern for the Georgia Commission on Family  Violence in Atlanta, Georgia, a statewide organization that works with communities and systems across the state to provide leadership in strengthening Georgia’s families by ending family violence. While interning at the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Regina specifically researched and wrote theoretical and statistical analysis on domestic violence within refugee communities.  Additionally, she has volunteered and interned with the International Rescue Committee, where she helped lead intensive beginning English as a second language courses for refugee women. 

Regina holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Women Studies from Emory University.