Janae Hinson is the communications manager for the College Excellence Program, where she leads strategic communications initiatives across multiple programs. Before joining the Institute, Janae worked for DC Public Schools (DCPS) as manager of strategic initiatives, deputy press secretary, and communications coordinator. Her work was focused on elevating the district’s successes and strategic priorities at the local and national levels. Prior to DCPS, Janae provided communications support to multiple nonprofit organizations and foundations at Widmeyer Communications. Janae holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.