Jenny Kao has served as the executive director of IMPAC since its inception in 2009. Jenny has worked at UCOP since 2000, primarily as a member of the president's immediate staff and in external relations. Prior roles include serving as associate director at the UC State Governmental Relations Office in Sacramento, deputy to the executive vice president of external relations, and special assistant to two UC presidents. Her policy areas have primarily focused on admissions, standardized testing, and executive compensation.
Prior to joining UCOP, she worked in former Governor Gray Davis' administration as the higher education policy analyst, at UC Berkeley in admissions and enrollment, and in the private sector. She has a B.A. in American history from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in public policy from Princeton University.