Jan Webb is a North Dakota native, having lived in North Dakota all her life, with the exception of six years spent in Houston, Texas. She was the director for the North Dakota Council on the Arts from July 2000–2014.
Prior to that, she was the director of a private, nonprofit art gallery for five years and owner/operator of a retail art gallery and framing business for twelve years.
She received her B.S. in English and French from the University of North Dakota. She has previously served as a board member of the Bismarck chapter of the Diabetes Association, Dakota West Arts Council, ND Ladies DU, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony League, Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, and the National Association of State Arts Agencies.