Jane E. Genster
Education and Non-Profit Leader
Jane E. Genster served as President and CEO of the Cristo Rey Network from November 2014 to June 2017. During her tenure, six schools opened across the Network. Under her leadership, the Network deepened and developed the strength of the national staff, expanded programmatic support for and collaboration with the schools, spawned catalytic philanthropic partnerships, and adopted comprehensive strategic and communication plans. During her tenure, the national staff launched College Initiatives 360, a $2.4 million program aimed at increasing college completion by improving match, access and persistence for Cristo Rey graduates, as well as the Student Retention Project, a $1 million initiative designed to empower each school to tackle attrition and build retention.
Prior to her appointment, she served for more than 14 years on the senior leadership team at Georgetown University, first as Vice President and General Counsel, and later as Senior Counselor to the President.
Ms. Genster has long been a champion of Catholic education and an advocate for expanding educational opportunities for low-income students. She has served as Cristo Rey’s liaison to Georgetown University, where she oversaw the University's annual summer bridge program for Cristo Rey and KIPP students. She was Interim Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, she was Vice Chair of the Board of the Nativity Miguel Network of Schools and Board President of the Holy Trinity School. She also has served on the boards of several other elementary and secondary schools, including the National Cathedral School and Beauvoir School, both of which she chaired. She also served on the board of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Inc.
Ms. Genster received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from the University of Virginia.