Lawyer and Politician
Jill Oberlander is a lawyer and politician who has dedicated her professional life and volunteer time to state, municipal and local government, public policy development and civic engagement. Most recently, Jill served on the Greenwich, CT Board of Selectmen and was the founding chair of the town’s Sustainability Committee. Jill was previously an elected member and chair of the Greenwich finance board (4 years) and an elected member of the Greenwich town council (6 years). As a practicing lawyer, Jill worked for the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the NYC Lower Manhattan business improvement district in the years following 9/11, and in several law firms with a focus on real estate and transportation. Following graduation from Cornell in 1988, Jill was selected to participate in the New York City Urban Fellows Program and worked at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and in the Mayor’s Transportation Office. Jill is a 1993 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
In addition to her public service, Jill is a trustee of The New Jewish Home, a senior care company that provides acute, long-term and home care services, and a member and former board member of the Greenwich League of Women Voters. At Cornell, Jill is a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Arts & Sciences Career Connection Committee – Government and Policy, and a past member of the Cornell University Council.
Jill is married to Larry Penn and together they have three children, including son Alex ’25 who is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences. Jill enjoys travel, skiing, theater and triathlon training.