After practicing law for 39 years, Jane Hamblen retired in 2015 as Chief Legal Counsel of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. She was elected to the Board of the Council of Institutional Investors, an international corporate governance organization, and appointed to the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Washington, DC. Hamblen also was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of its 2011 Women in the Law. For the first half of her legal career, she was a corporate finance lawyer in New York City.
Hamblen served on the Board of the Poet Laureate Commission from 2003-2013. She served as Co-Chair for five years, participated in the selection of three Poets Laureate, and was instrumental in finding a home for the Poet Laureate program with the Wisconsin Academy after the Walker Administration terminated state sponsorship of the program in 2011.
Hamblen is active in a number of not-for-profit and community organizations: currently, she is a docent at the Chazen Art Museum, is chair of the Shorewood Hills Foundation, serves on the Boards of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Friends of the Overture Concert Organ, and is on the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.
She has a BA degree in English from Rice University, a JD degree from the University of Texas Law School, and an LLB degree from the University of Cambridge in England. She is married to Dr. Robert F. Lemanske.