Loraine Jensen Bio


Loraine Jensen is the founder of the American Association for Runic Studies, and currently serves as its president. While living in rural Minnesota, she was exposed to runes through the presence of the Kensington Runestone near her home town of Alexandria. As the Principal Consultant for Jensen Consulting, founded in 1995, she has assisted nonprofit organizations in grant writing, strategic planning and board development. One of her clients was the Kensington Runestone Park Foundation.

Over the years she has developed extensive networks on runic research, including with Uppsala University in Sweden and the Smithsonian Institution. Those relationships and her expertise as a professional educator resulted in her being selected twice for a prestigious Fulbright Specialist appointment in Sweden.

In November, 2022, Loraine was awarded the Royal Gustav Adolfs Academy’s Pedagogical Prize from the Royal Gustav Adolfs Academy for Swedish Folk Culture for her valuable efforts in spreading scientifically based knowledge about runic inscriptions to an interested public throughout North America.  

Loraine holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. That program was funded through a Bush Foundation leadership fellowship that also included internships with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Minnesota Legislature.