[BOISE] – Wendy Jaquet, long-time Idaho state representative and current School of Public Service adjunct faculty member and PhD candidate, has been honored for her political leadership. The award was given by Zions Bank at their annual Grande Dame Brunch and Women’s Leadership Celebration at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Academy-Award winning actress Geena Davis, this year’s Sun Valley Vision Award recipient and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, presented the awards.
Zions Bank recognized eight Idaho women for leadership in business, public policy, culture and education. The honorees were chosen by Idaho First Lady and Idaho Women in Leadership CEO Lori Otter, along with Zions Bank President Scott Anderson.
Tracy Andrus of the Andrus Center for Public Policy says that Jaquet’s honor is well-deserved. “Wendy has a long history of providing positive and collaborative political leadership in Idaho. From her days at the helm of the Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce to her 18 years as a state legislator to her service as House Minority Leader to her work with students at Boise State University, Wendy’s leadership has enriched the lives of countless Idaho residents.”
Dr. Stephanie Witt of the Boise State Department of Public Policy and Administration agrees. “Wendy is an asset to the School of Public Service not only because of her academic preparation but also her lifetime of public service in the Legislature and her community. She is dedicated to lifelong learning, is an enthusiastic teacher, and a powerful role model for our students.”
The event took place on March 19 in Ketchum as part of the Sun Valley Film Festival.
Andrus Center Board Member Aimée Christensen was recognized for Public Policy Leadership at the ceremony. “Aimée has spent the last 25 years driving breakthrough public and private enterprise policies focused on protecting our natural resources, expanding the use of clean energy, and helping to build healthy communities,” says Tracy Andrus. “We are fortunate she brought her substantial skills back to Idaho, founding the Sun Valley Institute with a commitment to ensure a better, more resilient future for local communities, our state, and her global clients far beyond.”