A former labor and employment lawyer, Jill Hai is a full-time philanthropic and civic volunteer. She has extensive knowledge of Lexington town government, with long experience serving the community. “My philosophy,” she says, “is if you want something to improve, you have to do something about it--and complaining doesn’t count!”
Jill was appointed to Lexington’s Capital Expenditures Committee in 2012 and served as Chair from 2013-2017. She has been a member of Lexington’s Town Meeting since 2006, representing Precinct 4. She has served on the Safe Routes to School Committee, the Town Sidewalk Committee, and the Lexington 300th Incorporation Weekend Committee. Among the ways she has expressed her deep commitment to Lexington’s schools is by serving on the board of the Lexington Education Foundation and as President of the Bridge School PTA.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and is a member of the Board of Directors for Repair the World. Jill has also served in numerous additional roles promoting Jewish education through CJP and Hebrew College.
Jill was born at Fort Benning, Georgia, while her father was stationed there. A graduate of Cornell University and Vanderbilt Law School, Jill serves as a Committee Chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.
Jill loves to cook, is an avid skier, a self-described “really bad” golfer and a bookworm, and is always happiest in or on the water. She and her husband Marc Rubenstein have two college-aged children and are members of Temple Isaiah, where she has served on the Board of Directors, and of Temple Emunah.