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Jarret Cummings (EDUCAUSE)

Jarret Cummings
Director of Policy and External Relations

Washington, District of Columbia

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Jarret Cummings serves EDUCAUSE as Director of Policy and External Relations. In this role, Cummings works with the association's leadership to develop and manage its public policy and government relations activities, as well as its outreach to public or nonprofit entities. He supports the president in engaging with organizations and government agencies to advance EDUCAUSE strategic objectives and coordinates with association executives and staff on presidential outreach. Likewise, he coordinates with executives and staff on external contacts and/or opportunities for collaboration that have strategic implications or may otherwise warrant presidential involvement. Cummings oversees EDUCAUSE efforts to address public policy issues with significant implications for member interests. He serves as the lead contact on policy matters and manages the association'™s policy advisers in crafting responses and positions. He also represents EDUCAUSE in policy forums and processes and assists the president in working with the board of directors and executive team on policy issues.

Prior to his current role, Cummings worked as a policy specialist in the EDUCAUSE Washington Office. In that position, he advocated on behalf of higher education IT in federal legislative and regulatory contexts and collaborated with representatives of EDUCAUSE member institutions to promote effective institutional IT policies. Cummings has also served the association as special assistant to the president, helping to assess and respond to strategic and tactical issues as well as to support presidential outreach and special projects; and as program administrator for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), where he coordinated ELI strategic and operational planning as well as delivery of ELI events, services, and resources.

Before joining ELI, Cummings worked for SunGard Collegis in information technology (IT) strategic planning, institutional strategic planning, and general management consulting. His clients included colleges and universities of all types. He focused on helping institutions link their technological progress to the achievement of their missions and strategic objectives, including their goals for advancing teaching and learning through technology.

Cummings began his career as a program analyst working with higher education grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education. After completing a master's in public administration at Syracuse University, he joined the staff of the executive vice chancellor of the California State University system to coordinate a system-wide strategic planning task force. Following that, Cummings worked with the University of North Carolina system as special projects director and later as special assistant to the system CIO. In those roles, he managed system-wide IT strategic planning and network infrastructure planning projects. He also analyzed state and federal IT policy issues for the system president and CIO and coordinated the CIO's participation in the state's joint select committee on information technology.

In addition to the MPA, Cummings holds a bachelor's in philosophy from Southwestern University. His personal interests include weight training and science fiction.

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