Jenna Cullinane Hege, Ph.D.

Dr. Jenna Cullinane Hege serves as the deputy assistant commissioner for strategic planning in the division of strategic planning and funding at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). She and her team leverage the state’s vast data resources to inform higher education policy and improve student success and educational equity in Texas. She provides leadership related to the state's 60x30TX strategic plan, including the statewide rollout of regional targets under the plan. She is also an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin.

Before joining the staff of the THECB, she was strategic policy lead for higher education at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked on policy, evaluation, and scaling of accelerated approaches to developmental and entry-level college education. Previously, Dr. Cullinane Hege was special assistant to the president at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access and equity in higher education. She also worked at Deloitte & Touche and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Dr. Cullinane Hege earned a Ph.D. in public policy and a master's in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her bachelor of arts in legal studies and education at the University of California, Berkeley.