Ruth Jacobs has worked in the banking and finance sector for 35 years. She began her banking career in New Hampshire, and rose to become a senior executive at Savings Bank of Walpole. Jacobs then spent nearly 10 years working in the microfinance sector in developing and post-conflict countries, including countries in Africa, south Asia and the Middle East.
Jacob’s international consulting work focused on building financial strategies to help microfinance institutions become banks, and working on programs that would help stimulate the economy through such activities as offering loans to small businesses, particularly those led by women. Before entering the banking and finance field, Jacobs spent time as a teacher, including as a piano teacher.
She has previously served on the boards for Monadnock Family Services and Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities.
Jacobs continues to work in the financial sector.
She lives in Keene with her husband, Carl. Jacobs has one daughter living in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons living in the Bay Area in California.