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Jan Visick

Senior Advisor
Jan Visick is a free-lance editor whose projects have included a book on the conservation of trees, primary research on early American polygamists, the memoir of an aging master wood craftsman, and Ashoka’s publications of its Fellows’ profiles. She has also done research and interviews for documentary film producers and was part of a small team that developed treatments for PBS for a series on America’s women. Jan has worked with Ashoka since the late 1990’s as a consultant and second-opinion interviewer. She authored Expanding Women’s Prospects: Stories of Five Social Entrepreneurs, which is based on five Ashoka Fellows in Asia and Africa. During the 2004 US election cycle she became a coordinator of a volunteer movement to registered new women voters. Jan was part of the formation of and continues to participate in a new institution in Oregon that is pioneering respite care for families with disabled children. In an earlier part of her life she was a teacher, counselor, and administrator for high school and middle school students and board chair of an early childhood education center as it expanded to provide day care in response to changing community needs. She has been a volunteer teacher of English as a second language in her community. She is a member of the board of directors of Commonweal, in Bolinas, California, and is the mother of two sons.

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