Jay F. Hein
Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Faith & Generosity
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Jay F. Hein joined the staff at Baylor ISR in October 2008 as a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Program for Faith and Generosity. Before coming to Baylor University, he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and served as the Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from August 2006 to September 2008. In this role, Mr. Hein worked to implement President Bush’s compassion agenda by engaging public-private partnerships with faith-and community-based social service organizations across the U.S. and around the globe.
Mr. Hein is the founding president of the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, an international public policy research firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this capacity, he directs the Institute’s research portfolio focusing on a range of community-based policies such as welfare-to-work, access to postsecondary education, affordable health care, and crime prevention.
Mr. Hein also serves as vice president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for American Renewal, established by Ambassador Daniel R. Coats to provide financial grants and other support to community-based organizations while educating the general public on effective compassion principles and practices.
Previously, Mr. Hein was executive director of Civil Society Programs at Hudson Institute, which included the organization’s Welfare Policy Center, its Faith in Communities Initiative, and programs centered on community-based healthcare reform. Mr. Hein also served as director of Hudson’s field office in Madison, Wisconsin, where he conducted hands-on research and analysis in support of the State’s welfare reforms. He also served in the Wisconsin State government as a policy director, where he helped design and implement Wisconsin’s ground-breaking welfare replacement program.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hein worked in a range of leadership roles within Illinois State government, including the Illinois Department of Public Aid; Illinois Secretary of State’s Office; and Illinois State Library, where he contributed to the initial planning of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Mr. Hein received a B.A. from Eureka College, where he was an inaugural member of the Ronald W. Reagan Fellowship program, and conducted graduate work in Political Studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield.