Jane Hulbert, founder of The Jane Group, has been the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) crisis communications consultant since 2001. She counsels independent, international, for profit, and charter schools on crisis and reputation management issues, crisis preparation and planning, messaging, media management, and provides training for the media spokesperson. Jane advises on the role of the board for a school in crisis, including board communications, and provides executive coaching. She works with schools that are not in crisis, to prepare them for the possibility. She has handled hundreds of issues that have impacted schools, including safety, arrests of teachers, sudden departure of the head of school, high-profile lawsuits, and many other difficult and sensitive situations. Jane conducts trainings and institutes across the US and internationally, focusing on the most challenging crises facing our schools.
Prior to consulting, Jane was a communications executive at McDonald’s Corporation responsible for the Crisis and Media Relations Department. She was the key spokesperson on high profile global crises including the ‘hot coffee” incident. Jane is a graduate of the Park Tudor School (IN) and a cum laude graduate of Boston University.
Jim Hulbert, J.D. is the co-partner in The Jane Group and a labor and employment lawyer by training. While Jim handles the firm’s ongoing caseload, he is the lead consultant on legal, governance and board matters. In his role with boards, Jim works closely with board chairs and their executive committees, both remotely and on-site. He advises boards on complex issues involving leadership challenges and best practices in governance. He assists boards in developing and implementing crisis plans and working with the board when the head is the crisis due to the sudden and unexpected departure of the head. Jim also oversees the firm’s international business. He has presented at numerous international education conferences for independent schools, including NESA, EARCOS and at The International Task Force on Child Protection in Dubai. Internationally, the firm also works with CIS, ISS, AAIE, ECIS and others. Jim assists international school leaders and boards in implementing crisis plans, including communications and protocols, child protection plans, risk management, employment and HR policies. He trains school leadership in crisis management including sexual misconduct issues, and other highly sensitive matters. Jim travels to international schools to help manage existing crises, as well as providing on-site training of faculty and staff.
Jim graduated from Culver Academies (IN). He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in American Studies. In 1982, he earned his law degree at Boston College, cum laude. In addition, Jim has participated in the Northwestern University, Kellogg School For Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program, including Critical Issues of Board Governance and Nonprofit Finance, and Effective School Leadership. Jim has also received a certificate in Crisis Communications from the Northwestern University, MSC Executive Education School of Communications.
Humera Yousuf, the business manager for The Jane Group, brings valuable financial expertise to the organization, having previously managed the main accounting functions of a multi-location healthcare practice. Humera also managed recruiting and hiring of office staff for the growing practice. At The Jane Group, she is directing the company’s financial and billing systems, and technology initiatives including the website, webinars and presentation materials. Humera holds a B.A. in secondary education from the University of New Orleans, LA. Humera also holds a certificate in Crisis Communications from the Northwestern University, MSC Executive Education School of Communications.
Angela Rivers, the executive assistant to Jane and Jim, joined The Jane Group in 2015. Angela attended the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Psychology. Her past experience in working for a private educational institution and experience in writing government grants has provided her with the skills needed to handle her position as executive assistant. Angela's excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are highly valued at The Jane Group.
Maureen Irwin Maguire, senior crisis manager at The Jane Group, managed her own marketing and communications firm, where she provided a full range of communication services and results-driven marketing strategies. She handled numerous crises, including a train crash and an exposé – complete with hidden cameras – on a cardiac surgery program of a major teaching hospital, which aired on network television. She has also served as chief operating officer for three organizations: two in the field of healthcare and one in financial services.
A long-standing and ardent supporter of education, Maureen has been a member of the boards of trustees of various independent schools for 25 years, serving students from pre-K to grade 12. Her many roles have included chair of the board, chair of the marketing and communications committee, and member of the strategic planning and institutional advancement committees. Recently, as a board member, she oversaw the planning and management for a school in crisis, and served as their spokesperson. Maureen provides crisis management, strategy, and communications services to clients of The Jane Group. She holds a B.A.
Alison Bennie has worked as an associate for the Jane Group for many years, providing writing and consulting services on an as-needed basis. Alison and Jane have known each other since first working together in 1986. As associate vice president for communications at Bowdoin College, Alison is responsible for the leadership and supervision of the conceptual and creative processes. She maintains the College’s brand, works to ensure excellence and consistency across all platforms, and serves as executive editor of the alumni magazine and as college editor for official publications. Her work has earned awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, including a Circle of Excellence Gold Award.
Alison is also co-principal of Whitney MacDonald Communications Consultants, a consulting group specializing in marketing, crisis communications, writing of all types, and development of photographic resources.
Before joining Bowdoin in April 1993, Alison worked for nine years in book and magazine publishing, marketing, advertising, and public relations. She earned her A.B. in English and American literature and languages at Harvard and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Course.