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Catherine Jaynes

Catherine Jaynes

Director of Evaluation and Research; Director, Presidential Leadership Scholars
George W. Bush Institute

Catherine Freeman Jaynes serves as the Bush Institute’s director of evaluation and research. In this role she develops and oversees the analytic and measurement functions across the Institute’s areas of engagement. Jaynes also serves as Director of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, which includes responsibility for all curricular aspects of the program. 

Prior to her position with the Bush Institute, Jaynes developed and managed the K–12 practice of HCM Strategists, a policy and advocacy consulting firm. Before joining HCM in 2010, she was chief of staff to the state superintendent of education for the District of Columbia, serving as the principal advisor on policy development and implementation, budget, and government relations.

Previously Jaynes served in senior roles at the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education, where she was a top advisor and researcher on early childhood and K–12 policy. At the Department of Education she managed implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. She has also advised a governor and local and state superintendents.

Jaynes has published more than 15 research papers on education issues, including teaching, accountability, finance, equity, and governance. She began her career as a senior research associate at the Fiscal Research Center at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Jaynes earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a master’s of education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in philosophy from Vanderbilt University.