About Us

The communication needs of the global independent school communities are greater than ever.

Good crisis plans are never finished nor should they be put on a shelf to collect dust. Our firm specializes in crisis management and preparedness, reputation management, board communications, media relations, and media training. We assist clients who are facing difficult issues and sensitive situations with complete confidentiality. With general expertise in communications and legal communications, we also help schools and associations identify and announce newsworthy events, gifts, innovative practices, and other opportunities for making news.

Headed by partners Jane Maxwell Hulbert and James W. Hulbert, The Jane Group is a global crisis communications firm based in the Chicago area.  Our work is focused on schools - independent, charter, for-profits, montessori and waldorf. After 20 years of working in the education space, we know schools.  

We know that the realities of crisis management are constantly evolving.  We help our clients understand the changing dynamics and give them the tools they need to navigate them. 

Our firm specializes in:

  • Crisis management and preparedness
  • Reputation management
  • Board communications
  • Crisis communication
  • General expertise in communications and legal communication
  • Goverance
  • School culture issues 


The Jane Group is on the approved list for United Educators.