Staff

Executive Director

Jasmine L. Jenkins began her professional career as a bilingual 4th grade teacher in Alief ISD. Recognizing that many of the challenges that she and her students faced on a daily basis stemmed from policy issues at the national, state, and local levels, she decided to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Houston and focused her research on education policy and school governance. Dr. Jenkins has worked as a new teacher advisor, curriculum specialist, and school director with Teach For America, and she served as the Manager of Community-Based Initiatives with Advantage Testing of Houston. She was also a founding member of the regional strategy team for the Organizing Network for Education (ONE) – Houston. In addition to leading the Houston GPS team, Dr. Jenkins is an adjunct government instructor at Houston Community College. A Pennsylvania native (and proud Steelers fan!), Jasmine has been living and working in Houston since 2006, and she is passionate about expanding educational opportunities for all children in this city.

jasmine@houstongps.org

Director of Operations & Community Strategy

Sara Chu is a former Teach For America teacher in Dallas ISD where she taught high school Geometry and Geometry Pre-AP and coached JV girls soccer. She graduated from Vanderbilt University as a Mathematics major, and she received her Masters of Education from Southern Methodist University. As a native Houstonian, she is excited to be back in her hometown and is excited about the opportunities to improve the quality of education in Houston.

sara@houstongps.org