Jane O'Dwyer


Jane's career has taken her a long way from Western Australia where she grew up as a 'wheat belt kid'. It started out in politics, where she worked as a political advisor, with stints in the portfolios of Resources and Energy, Trade, and Regional Development and Local Government.

Jane worked in public affairs for the Australian Local Government Association during the battle over GST, and as General Manager for Sports Medicine Australia in the lead up to and during the Sydney Olympics.

A four-year stint in Tokyo gave her a chance to learn a new language, complete her master's degree, try out journalism at the world's largest newspaper and do some public diplomacy work at the Australian Embassy.

Jane first landed at ANU in 2004 as the Media Manager, a role that later morphed into Director of Communications and External Liaison when events, communications and parliamentary relations were combined.

Jane spent three years in Washington DC heading up the ANU North America office, where she worked on identifying research funding opportunities, building the US alumni community and helping establish the ANU (US) Foundation.

As Director of SCAPA, Jane's role involves making sure that everyone knows ANU is extraordinary. That means fostering a sense of pride and belonging on campus, generating a sense of excitement in the wider community about the contribution the University makes to Australian life and making sure that ANU is widely recognised as Australia's most significant university.

Jane is a self-professed American politics fanatic and is fascinated by what American campaigning can tell us about public relations (a highlight of hers is meeting Bill Clinton at a rally in Pittsburgh). She also loves mid-century design and can talk your ear off about 1950s and 1960s furniture, light fittings and architecture.