Vice President for Planning and Presidential Administration
Jay Braatz joined DePaul in 2004 as senior executive for Presidential Operations. In 2011, she assumed responsibility for the university’s strategic planning process and currently serves as Vice President of Planning. Braatz brings to DePaul approximately 30 years of experience in education in both formal and informal settings. Drawn to DePaul's mission of making education accessible, she is committed to helping assure the university's successful realization of its strategic plan, Vision 2018.
As the president's chief of staff, she provides advice and counsel to the president and assists him in advancing university goals. Serving as a member of the president's executive staff, she works in conjunction with the President's Cabinet to offer strategic resolutions to university challenges. She serves as a liaison between the president and internal and external constituents, acting on behalf of the president as needed.
Prior to joining DePaul, she served as a senior program officer at the Spencer Foundation, a Chicago foundation that has provided over $250 million in fellowships and research grants related to improving education and educational opportunities throughout the world. She was responsible for over $6 million in grants annually, managing and evaluating fellowship programs designed to support the professional development of the next generation of educational researchers.
Early in her career, she spent 15 years working for Outward Bound, a national non-profit educational organization that offers adventure-based, experiential education programs to help students develop personally and professionally.
Braatz received her bachelor's degree in art history from Smith College in 1975. She was awarded her master's degree and doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1999, writing her dissertation on the role of education on women's subsequent success in the labor market. She attended Bryn Mar’s HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education in 2005.