Su Jin Gatlin Jez

As Executive Director, Dr. Jez leads the advancement of California Competes’ mission to develop nonpartisan and financially pragmatic recommendations for improved policies and practices in California higher education. 

She previously served as Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento. She also served as the Director of the CSU Student Success Network.

Dr. Jez is an accomplished researcher whose work appears in a variety of publications including Teachers College Record, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Research in Higher Education, Community College Review, and Michigan Journal of Race & Law. She has presented across the country and internationally on key issues in higher education and systems change. 

She holds a PhD in administration and policy analysis and an MA in economics from Stanford University. She received a BA in statistics and a minor in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.