General counsel gives back by mentoring
Encouragement by teacher led to a career in law
Jill Twedt, who became interested in the law when she was in elementary school, had help with her career aspirations at an early age.
“One of my first mentors was my fifth-grade teacher,” Twedt said.
The teacher’s husband was the Fourth District Court clerk and during the summer, the two drove Twedt to Boise for lunch and a tour of the courthouse. After meeting lawyers and staff members, she was hooked.
Twedt, who was born and raised in Nampa, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from The College of Idaho in 2001 and a law degree from the University of Idaho in 2003. Under the university’s 3+3 program, 30 credits from Twedt’s first year of law school counted toward completion of her bachelor’s degree, allowing her to finish both degrees in six years, instead of seven.
In her final year of school, Twedt had an internship at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and found she loved working in the corporate setting. After graduation, she became an associate at Hall Farley Oberrecht & Blanton, where she practiced employment defense litigation.
She joined Boise Cascade Company, a manufacturer and distributor of building materials, as associate general counsel in 2007 and became vice president, legal and corporate secretary in 2017. She moved to her current job of vice president, general counsel and secretary in January.
Erin Nuxoll, the company’s senior vice president of human resources, said Twedt excels as a trusted advisor in her management role.
Outside work, Twedt is the vice chair of The College of Idaho Board of Trustees and will assume the role of chair in 2021. She is also a board member of the United Way of Treasure Valley.
Throughout school and work, Twedt was helped by mentors, including teachers and colleagues, and she continues the practice. She enjoys her leadership position with Boise Cascade because she gets to mentor others.
Twedt also likes mentoring students at her alma mater, where she speaks to classes about her job and how she got where she is.
“I also offer up my card and tell them to call,” Twedt said.
The college’s co-presidents, Doug Brigham and Jim Everett, say Twedt’s willingness to help students seeking guidance “sets her apart.”
“Despite her lofty titles and accomplishments, she has a wonderful ability to relate to our students that is both understanding and encouraging,” Brigham and Everett write in recommendation letters.