Elizabeth JansenBoard Member
Elizabeth Jansen is a 4th generation Lincoln resident. Her great grandfather came from Denmark to Lincoln in 1877 when he was just 16. Walter Jansen started the grain business which eventually became Walter Jansen & Son. The business, which incorporated those four generations, included Elizabeth’s great grandfather, grandfather, father and brother and successfully operated from 1895-1990.
Elizabeth received her degree in Education from Arizona State University and taught for three years in her hometown before transitioning into a new career path which ultimately led to her co-founding Fleet Feet in 1976. This nationwide athletic footwear corporation continues to prosper. Its headquarters are in Carrboro, NC and currently oversees 93 locations.
Elizabeth’s family has a long tradition of community involvement. Her grandfather, Walther K. Jansen started Rotary in Lincoln in 1925, which continues to meet today in the same location. Her grandfather’s brother, Bill Jansen moved from Lincoln to Auburn, where he served on the Auburn Community Foundation’s board throughout the 1980’s. Elizabeth continues the tradition of community service. She served on the board for the Lincoln Community Foundation and currently serves as Board President of the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. In 2012 she joined the Board of Directors at the Placer Community Foundation—helping to encourage philanthropy for local communities in which she is deeply rooted.