Jeanette Batiste-Harrison
Co-Founder and Partner

Jeanette co-founded Batiste Leadership because she is passionate about helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential. She incorporates world class research with practical leadership principles to assist clients in making lasting change.

Jeanette graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Political Science. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a MSc in Environment and Development. She proudly completed her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Trainer Certification in 2015.

Jeanette has over 15 years of leadership experience in diverse and dynamic workplaces. She began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi in 2003. After completing her Peace Corps service, she worked with African Parks Conservation and then ASAP Africa. She worked in Malawi for 6 years in varying capacities, focusing on food security for rural, subsistence farmers. Her program management included microfinancing and access to farm inputs for smallholder farmers. She moved to Rochester NY and joined Foodlink, the regional food bank, in 2009. She held varying management and leadership roles at Foodlink over 6 years, and ultimately served as the Co-Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity she oversaw the sourcing and distribution of over 18 million pounds of food per year to over 500 partner organization across 10 counties in upstate NY. She left her role at Foodlink in 2015 to join her dad in launching Batiste Leadership.

She was awarded the Rochester Business Journal 40 under 40 in 2014. She also graduated from Leadership Rochester in 2013. Jeanette currently serves on the Free to Fly Advisory Board and the Foodlink Kitchen Building Committee.

Jeanette lives with her husband and three small children in Brighton, NY.