President and CEO
Jennifer Goulet, President and CEO, leads Creative Many’s advocacy/public policy, research, professional practice and communications efforts to advance the power of Michigan’s creative economy. Joining the team as Development Director in 2007, she was appointed President and CEO in 2009, just as state arts funding was nearly eliminated. Goulet led the launch of Creative State MI, a vital research and reporting initiative affirming the economic and social contributions of the arts, culture and creative industries as essential assets in Michigan’s resurgence. Creative State MI pioneered an evidenced-based approach to arts advocacy in Michigan, leading to the first meaningful increases in state arts funding in back-to-back years in more than a decade. Goulet serves on the Creative Economy Coalition of the National Creativity Network engaged in the development of a creative economy public policy agenda for the US and North America.
As a former Board member for the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, Goulet served on the negotiations team for the ArtServe/MACAA merger that unified the voice of arts and culture in Michigan in October 2006. Goulet served on then-ArtServe Michigan’s post-merger transitional Board and Executive Committee.
Goulet previously served as the City of Ypsilanti’s Downtown Development Authority Director and Community and Economic Development Director from 1993 to 2005 where she led City initiatives in brownfield redevelopment, downtown revitalization, community master planning, economic development, and historic preservation, and administered multiple major state and federal grant projects. While in Ypsilanti, Goulet was actively involved in leading the Downtown Development Authority’s efforts to transform a historic Masonic Temple building into a vibrant, multi-purpose community arts venue – the Riverside Arts Center. In this role, she was also instrumental in coordinating and securing the City’s Cool Cities Pilot Community designation from Governor Granholm in 2004 in support of the Riverside Arts Center and its efforts to attract artists, patrons, investors and visitors to Downtown Ypsilanti as part of the City’s revitalization strategy. Goulet was also actively involved in efforts to establish a partnership with DTE Energy transforming a vacant DTE Energy building as a Riverside Arts Center annex providing space for artist and dance studios, and flex space for arts education and exhibition programs.
Before moving to Michigan in 1993, Goulet was actively involved in Florida’s growth management efforts while serving as the Comprehensive Planning Director for Brevard County, Fla., where she was actively involved with the Brevard Cultural Alliance and facilitated the County’s first art in public places ordinance.
Goulet earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Valparaiso University and serves on the Creative Economy Coalition of the National Creativity Network, Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council, Americans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Network, Michigan Cultural Data Project Advisory Council as co-chair, Michigan Nonprofit Association Board of Directors, Michigan Sense of Place Council, Michigan Main Street Advisory Committee and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council. She formerly served on boards of directors for ArtServe Michigan, the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance, MI Association of Community Arts Agencies, Chelsea and Ypsilanti Area Chambers of Commerce, Riverside Arts Center and Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a 2004 Graduate Fellow of the ArtServe Michigan Community Arts Leadership Academy, originally established by the MACAA.