Hale, a widely read freelance writer, has 25 years experience working in public relations, marketing and fundraising for for-profit and non-profit companies and arts organizations. She also spent three years as the at the Best Buy Children's Foundation.
Hale has been involved with the Loft Literary Center for about 10 years as a volunteer and board member.
"I think it came down to I love The Loft. I know the other people respect it and think it's a great organization. But I just love it with my heart," says Hale.
The search committee praised Hale as a "passionate, leading voice in the literary arts community."
"Jocelyn has certain qualities and experience, in fundraising and in the writing community, that make her the best fit for the Loft's needs at this time," says Shirley Nelson Garner, chair of the Loft's board of directors.
The Loft is the largest independent center for writers in the country. It says its mission is to foster a writing community and an audience for literature. Hale replaces Linda Myers, who is retiring this fall after leading the Loft for 13 years.