about jeni

Drawing from her experience as an educator, consultant, writer, editor, critic, event strategist, and board chairwoman, Jeni has successfully advised entrepreneurs, CEOs, small businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations. She also spent over 10 years in private school admissions and college counseling, managed one of DC’s most established restaurants, and served as a Board member for the Boeing Employees Community Fund.


Jeni sits on the Board of Directors of the Boston College Alumni Association, and serves on the Marketing & Communications Committee of its esteemed Women's Council. She is also an alumna of Washington’s preeminent female private school, National Cathedral School, and co-chair of its Black Alumnae Association.

Her grandmother is DC's beloved milliner, Vanilla Beane, whose works can be seen in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and on the USPS stamp featuring civil rights activist, Dr. Dorothy Height. In September 2019, Jeni planned a celebration for Mrs. Beane's 100th birthday. The public relations and media campaign included a trip to the White House, a tea with Washington’s Mayor, an oral history recording at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, a ribbon cutting ceremony, seven newspaper articles, two government resolutions, and a dinner for 250 complete with a fashion show to showcase the legacy of the famed milliner who, as a centenarian entrepreneur, still works over 40 hours a week.

Appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, and confirmed by the Council of the District of Columbia, Jeni is one of the seven members of the ABC Board, overseeing the regulation of alcohol and cannabis in Washington, DC.


Jeni enjoys the art of the dinner party, rides Harleys with her beloved (adopted) Veterans Motorcycle Club, and against her better judgement, occasionally practices the game of golf.