Vestas' Jane King Ayers recently joined the Portland Relocation Council's Corporate Advisory Board. In her words, Jane shares her journey to her current position as Immigration & Mobility Professional for Vestas WInd Technology.
After attending University of Oregon I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico for an internship at the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico in the International Trade Department. After my internship, I stayed in Guadalajara and worked researching local industries for the State of Oregon. After 2 years in Mexico I returned to the US and was set on working in Import/Export and thinking about becoming a customs broker. I quickly realized I was more of a “people person” and landed a job in an immigration law firm.
For twelve years I worked at the firm where we helped immigrants from all over the world with every aspect of US immigration law: family based cases, employment visas, political asylum and special visas for victims of crime. I normally spent half my work day speaking Spanish and I worked as a translator on the side. I really enjoyed working with people of all backgrounds and feeling like I was making a difference in their lives.
My background at the law firm led me to working at Vestas as an Immigration and Mobility Professional where I have been for the past 3 years. Vestas is the global leader of wind energy and is headquartered in Denmark. In my role, I support our 18,000 employees globally with immigration, relocation and cross border tax issues as related to the US and Canada.
I love working in an international environment and strive to make complicated, tedious processes as simple and straightforward as possible. A hot topic for me in mobility is ensuring our policies are flexible enough to meet our current business strategies and employee needs.
Learn more about the Portland Relocation Corporate Advisory Board here.