Jean spent ten years as an attorney with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including three years overseeing the disaster response and recovery operations of its largest region. Jean holds a Juris Doctordegree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Arizona State University.
In 1993, Jean became CEO of LAGLC, serving for six years. After leaving the LAGLC, she served as executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for two years. She later returned to the LAGLC and was renamed CEO. The LAGLC changed its name to the Los Angeles LGBT Center on May 27, 2014.
In 2007, she was ranked 27th in Out Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America”.