Jeanette Schipper was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up just blocks from the state capitol. She attended Lansing Public Schools until she moved to West Michigan where she graduated from Holland High School. From there, Jeanette attended Michigan State University, Davenport University, and is a current student and employee at Western Theological Seminary.
Jeanette is an experienced administrator and a fierce advocate for mental health rights. As a community organizer fighting for equity for all citizens of Ottawa County, Jeanette believes that in order to having a thriving community, the needs of all of its members must be met. She knows that this will come through creating robust access to mental health care, renewing our infrastructure, and providing high quality education to everyone.
Jeanette is committed to uniting Michigan for a better future, where jobs are created, homes are accessible to all, education is robust and dynamic, and health care and other basic needs are readily available and accessible. Jeanette stands in solidarity with immigrants and refugees, as she believes strongly in the beauty and growth of Michigan’s vibrant and diverse communities.
Jeanette lives in Holland with her husband, Matt, Jeanette’s mom, and their three kids. She serves as an Advisory Board Member with the Lakeside Clubhouse and Survivor Council for the Center for Women in Transition, Board Member for The Latino Student Seminary Fund, and Member of the Holland Justice Coalition. Jeanette is trained in Implicit Bias and Cultural Agility.