2015 Canadian Studies Center Advisory Board Members

  • Janet Blanchard
  • Advisor to the Meridian International Center, Former First Lady of Michigan
  • International Center
  • jjblanchard2002@yahoo.com

Janet Blanchard spent over 20 years in public service in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Canada. In Michigan she worked in various management and administrative positions for the Michigan Departments of Education, Commerce, Civil Service, Labor, Management and Budget and the executive office of the Governor. Her career highlights include serving as Michigan's deputy director of the Cabinet Council on Human Investments and co-chair of the Governor's Telecommunications Task Force.

In Washington, D.C., in 1993, she served as associate director of presidential personnel in the White House for President Clinton. She oversaw appointments to part-time boards and commissions, making recommendations for appointments to the president. In Canada in 2004, while her husband served as ambassador, she served on the board of the Centre for Studies of Children at Risk at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and was active in community affairs in Ottawa. She was also directly involved in the planning and implementation of the president and vice president's official visits to Ottawa. In 2004, she served a protocol director for the dedication of the World War II Memorial on the Mall.


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