Having grown up in a small town, similar to Florence, most of her life, Jo Beaudreau knows the value of partnership, compassion and vision. Beaudreau volunteers and participates in many city projects that have benefitted the whole community. She continues to explore and strive to improve Florence everyday.
Typically, she likes to lead by example and do her community work in the background. However, she realized that by stepping up and participating in local government, she could make an even greater positive impact for Florence. She has a deep love for the dynamic city of Florence, and she’s continually inspired by the devotion, kindness, and ‘get things done’ attitude the people of Florence and the Siuslaw Region exude.
Beaudreau continued her studies in Silicon Valley, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art cum laude from San Jose State University with a minor in American Studies. By exploring diverse areas and ideas beyond what she was able to access in a rural community, she grew a deep appreciation, understanding, and drive to continually improve herself and support those around her to improve themselves and their surroundings.
While studying in Silicon Valley, she worked at Arts Council Silicon Valley, learning how the Arts and Business can fuel economic development and cultural enrichment. The Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized her with a Women in Leadership Award for young women pursuing leadership roles.
After concluding her education in Silicon Valley, she moved to Chicago. There, she continued to support and be active with the Arts by becoming a Young Adult Board Member of the Beverly Art Center and working on various community enhancing projects.
Beaudreau worked at the University of Chicago as an Administrator, helping students earn their PhD, MD and MD/PhD degrees in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences before moving to Florence.
Her family and the creativity in the Siuslaw area are what encouraged her to move back across the country.
“The best thing about living in a small rural town is that you can stay active and make a difference,” Beaudreau says about living in Florence. “The connections developed across diverse people, groups, businesses, nonprofits is powerful.”
Beaudreau continues to pursue her own art with various mediums while advocating and supporting fellow artists in the community. She owns and operates Florence's local discount art materials store, providing access to materials and expertise that even large, urban cities don't have.
Local Involvement & Activities
Small Business Owner, Entrepreneur
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member & Active Business Member
Chamber of Commerce Beautification and Revitalization Team Member (Banner Chair)
City of Florence Public Arts Committee Founding Member and Vice-Chair
City of Florence Transportation Systems Plan Update Ad-Hoc Committee
2nd Saturday Gallery Tour Administration Member
Rhododendron Court Team Member
Kiwanis Club 321 Member
Florence Regional Arts Alliance Artist and Member
Interim Chair Florence Events Center Gallery Committee
Siuslaw Vision Past Co-Chair and Team Member
Random Acts of Kindness Committee Member
Local Culture Enthusiast
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Jo looks forward to sharing information with you along the process of her election through her campaign website, news & updates page and social media (Facebook & Instagram = @Jo4Florence and #Jo4Florence).