Jeanne Dietsch hails from Peterborough, where she chairs the town Economic Development Authority’s Strategic Planning and Broadband Committees. As founder of two local startups, she has brought millions of out-of-state dollars and created dozens of good-paying jobs in the NH economy over the course of 20 years.
Jeanne is a proven leader. She and her husband, Dr. Bill Kennedy, built their latest venture, in Amherst, NH, into the leading provider of research robots worldwide. Microsoft chose their platform to roll out their Robotics Studio Software. Jeanne received a commendation for outstanding leadership from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for helping quick-start the national Robotics Technology Consortium. Jeanne won election against an incumbent to the Conval School Board and also won election to the Peterborough Zoning Board of Adjustment, where she was elected chair as well.
Over the past 2 years (, Jeanne has helped the Peterborough Economic Development Authority develop a strategic plan to attract youth and build commercial and industrial activity. She has assisted with marketing, business training, tourism and Master Plan development. She also spearheaded a plan to identify and build "stickiness" among the telecommuter and home business population. Sustainability, environmental quality and community inform all her work.
Jeanne has participated in schools and the community. She has volunteered in three schools. She often moderates Community Conversations at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. She helped found MAXT, the area makerspace. When not running for office, she often sings in one of the area choruses.
Jeanne lives with her husband “Dr. Bill”, a best-selling technical author whose book HTML: the Definitive Guide has undergone six revisions in more than a dozen languages. Dr. Bill now teaches science and technology at Dublin School. Jeanne and Bill have two grown children: Eva and Ethan. They try to be patient, waiting for Eva and her husband Justin to make them grandparents.
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