RMA Featured Speaker: Westport First Selectwoman, Jennifer Tooker

On Wednesday, Dec 7, 2002, Westport First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker will be the featured RMA speaker, with a talk titled, “Important Municipal Issues Common to Greenwich and Westport.”

There are many similarities between the two towns of Greenwich and Westport: coastal communities, vibrant commercial districts, located between I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, excellent schools, and many more. There are also some differences. Both communities face ongoing challenges such as zoning conflicts, parking, dealing with climate change, affordable housing, and others. Ms. Tooker will discuss them and share her administration’s priorities.

It will be instructive to learn how Westport deals with such matters and whether there are lessons to be learned for Greenwich.

Jennifer Tooker is completing her first year of a 4-year term as Westport’s First Selectwoman.

Previously, she served as Westport’s Second Selectwoman and served as a member of the Westport Board of Finance, the Westport Board of Education, and the Westport Conservation Commission. Tooker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

She had a 22-year career as an executive with Gen Re. Upon retirement, she served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Development Council, the Board of Directors of the State Education Resource Center, Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Education Commission for the Diocese of Bridgeport, and as a Board Member of the Adam J. Lewis Academy in Bridgeport.

In 2019, she launched Westport Together whose mission is to promote the positive development of children. Tooker also created and hosts Westport Means Business – a series of events focused on the local business community.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, she served as Chair of the ReOpen Westport Advisory Team.

She has also served in various capacities with a number of local organizations, including the Westport-Weston Family YMCA Board of Trustees, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, the Sunrise Rotary 21stCentury Foundation Board, the Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund Committee, and as a coach for the Westport Soccer Association.

The talk starts promptly at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church, 37 Lafayette Place, Greenwich, CT.

The program is also available on Zoom: https://bit.ly/30IBj21