Jeanne Klein and her husband Mickey divide their time between Austin, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of Texas and is currently involved with the school as a member of the Development Board, the Chancellors Committee, with the Advisory Councils of the Harry Ransom Center, the School of Education and the Committee of 125, which is responsible for the 10-year plan for the University's libraries and museums.
She previously served as President of the Board of Artpace in San Antonio, President of the Board of the Core Program of the Glassell School of Art in Houston, and was sponsor and founder of the Menil Contemporaries of Houston. She has also served on the boards of the Blanton Museum of Art, Art Lies (an art journal published by the University of Texas), and was co-chair of the Whitney Museum of American Art's National Committee.
Jeanne care passionately about the visual arts and is particularly interested in collecting and museum activities such as operations, exhibitions and collections. The Kleins are active art collectors and often commission artists to create site-specific installations in their homes.
She worked with a research-based demonstration school at the University of Texas for three years to develop curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Since the project made significant improvements, Jeanne is continuing this work with the Austin Independent School System.