Jennifer Tooker has been elected to the chairmanship of the Board of Finance after fellow Republican John Pincavage decided to step down from the post.

Tooker, who was elected to her first term to the finance panel, previously was a member of the Board of Education. Her election as chairman was unanimous.

Pincavage plans to continue serving on the board; he was elected in 2011. He nominated Tooker to be his successor, which was seconded by Republican Michael Rea.

Tooker is a retired senior manager of Gen Re, among the world’s largest reinsurance companies. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

A Westport resident since 2008, Tooker and her husband Morris are the parents of three children. In community affairs, she is a member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, is a member of the Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Board of Trustees and is a soccer coach for local recreation soccer teams.