Jennet Robinson Alterman, of Charleston, South Carolina, is a native of Charleston and is the President and CEO of J. Robinson Alterman LLC., a consulting practice that assists organizations in developing leadership and entrepreneurial training programs for women.
Robinson Alterman has worked in television broadcasting, state and federal government, and the non-profit sector. She has an extensive background in international development having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan, Peace Corps Country Director in Swaziland and the Interagency Coordinator for Peace Corps worldwide. During her tenure on Peace Corps staff she worked on projects in over 40 countries.
In 2001 she accepted the position as Executive Director of the Center for Women, a women’s development center established in 1990. The Center for women is the largest and most comprehensive women’s development center in S.C. During her tenure as executive director the Center was recognized with the Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management from the S.C. Association of Non-Profit Organizations (2005), an Oprah’s Angel Network Grant(2006), 4 years as the Family Circle Cup Charity of Choice (2006 – 2009), the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce 1773 award for the Public/Non-Profit Sector (2009) and People Against Rape’s Outstanding Victim Service Program (2009).
Robinson Alterman currently serves on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board, the Charleston County Housing Authority Board, the Board of Pro Bono Legal Services and is Vice Chair of the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation. Previously she served on the Trident Urban League Board, the Advisory Council of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, the Advisory Board of the Junior League and the Advisory Council of the Lowcountry Graduate Center. In 2003 she was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Carolina Lowcountry Girl Scouts and in 2004 she was chosen as one of the Skirt! Magazine 10. In 2012 Charlie magazine named Robinson Alterman as one of the 50 most progressive Charlestonians.
For her work in promoting women entrepreneurs, Robinson Alterman received the 2011 Women/Minority Entrepreneur of the Year award from the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and in 2013 was named the S.C Women in Business Advocate of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Robinson Alterman received her BA from Mary Baldwin College and her PhD in Humane Letters from the College of Charleston.