Director of Communications
Jennifer Hines is currently the director of communications at Houston Endowment, a private philanthropy supporting education, the arts, environment, health and human services. Previously, she served as the chief operating officer at YES Prep Public Schools. Under her programmatic leadership, YES Prep achieved one of the strongest track records in the country for talent development and student success at the secondary and post-secondary levels. YES Prep campuses have consistently been named as top schools in the country by both U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek, and achieved Exemplary or Recognized status from the State of Texas in every year of operation. In 2010 YES Prep was recognized by Oprah Winfrey as a national model, and in 2012 YES Prep received the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology, Hines joined Teach For America and completed her commitment in Houston. She then earned a Master’s degree from the Harvard University School of Education before joining YES Prep.
Hines shares her life with her husband Sam and her daughters Olivia and Josephine. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, reading, cooking, dreaming of house renovations, cheering on the Yankees, and early morning workouts.