Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment
Governor Beshear Appoints Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women
FRANKFORT, KY (January 2, 2008) – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the appointment of Eleanor Jordan as Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women. She is the first African-American to be appointed to this post since the commission’s initial creation in 1964.
“During her time in the Kentucky legislature, Eleanor gained a reputation for being a strong advocate for women and children,” Beshear said. “Eleanor’s experience and distinguished career will make her a tremendous asset to the Executive Cabinet and the Commission on Women.”
From 1996-2000, Jordan served in the Kentucky General Assembly representing House District 42. Covering Jefferson County, she supported legislation involving pay equity, women’s health and early childhood reforms. She was a member of the House Health and Welfare Committee, the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Labor and Industry Committee, and the Licensing and Occupations Committee.
In addition to her service with the state legislature, Jordan has spent her career dedicated to public service. She has served as the Executive Director of the Iroquois Child Development Center and the Baptist Fellowship Childcare Ministry in Louisville.
In 2001, Jordan was appointed by Gov. Paul Patton as Ombudsman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children, where she served the next three years. Since then, Jordan has worked as a Principal Assistant in the Office of the Attorney General. In this capacity, she acted as the minority affairs liaison and coordinated consumer affairs outreach. She also chaired the Kentucky Child Support Enforcement Commission.
An active member of the community, Jordan has served on the Kentucky Commission on Women, the Elder Abuse Commission, the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council, the Library Commission and the Community Coordinated Child Care Board. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Child Care and Iroquois Child Care Centers.
Jordan has often been recognized as an outstanding leader in the community. Among her many honors are the Public Advocate of the Year Award, the Stand Up for Children Award from Jefferson County Schools, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the University of Louisville and the Women’s Advocate of the Year Award from the University of Kentucky.
Jordan has been profiled on the Music Television (MTV) and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) networks. She has appeared in Black Journal and MS magazines, as well as profiled in “Kentucky Women” by Eugenia Potter.
As Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women, Jordan will work with local, state and national leaders to improve the economic status of women and girls in the Commonwealth. This work will help guide them to available resources and empower them to overcome barriers of equity.
Jordan, age 54, attended Western Kentucky University. She resides in Louisville and has three grown children.