Jan has lived in Cambridge since 1990. She and her husband Joseph live on Brattle Street in an English Arts-and-Crafts home, and in 2012 they received a preservation award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for restoring the exterior of the building. Jan received her degree from the University of Cincinnati and has been a graphic designer of exhibits for museums, zoos, and aquariums. An active gardener, she chairs the Communications Committee of the Cambridge Plant and Garden Club and is a volunteer for CitySprouts, a nonprofit that provides sustainable schoolyard gardens and related programs for the Cambridge public schools. Jan and Joe have two daughters: Lidia, who recently graduated from Barnard College; and Emilia, who will attend Trinity College in the fall.