Jennifer Ransom Rice

Jennifer Ransom Rice serves as executive director for the Texas Cultural Trust, after 20 years of marketing and communications experience in public relations and state government.  As chief of staff for state Senator Florence Shapiro, Jennifer was afforded the opportunity to utilize her skills in politics, government, communications and management.  She previously served as Communications Director for the Texas Comptroller; in addition to authoring a weekly column in The Citizen’s Journal, a newspaper in East Texas; working as News Director for a small radio station; and serving as Assistant Director of Public Relations at Wadley Regional Medical Center Foundation in Texarkana.  She has also worked on several local and state political campaigns.

But her love is in the arts, and Jennifer believes in the importance of art in our everyday lives, and the impact it can have on student learning in the classroom.  Through her work in the Texas Senate, she advocated for a stronger emphasis on arts education in public schools.  At the Trust, she continues that mission, promoting arts as an economic driver and increased exposure to the arts in the classroom.  She is actively involved in her community, volunteering with a variety of organizations in Austin, including the Junior League of Austin, Women’s Fund of Central Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Art Alliance Austin, Zach Theatre, Umlauf, Women’s Symphony League, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, and JDRF Austin.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Midwestern State University, and her master’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas, where she serves on the advisory council for the College of Fine Arts, as well as the 1883 Council and as public affairs chair for the Texas Exes.  She is a graduate of Leadership Austin, Class of 2006, and was in the 2010 class of Power Pipeline, administered by Leadership Texas.  She and her husband, Chuck, have one son, Charles.


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