Jay Hein is president of Sagamore Institute, an Indianapolis-based think tank that he helped found in 2004. He was deputy assistant to the President and director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2006-2008. Hein serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion and as director of the Foundation for American Renewal established by US Senator Dan Coats. Hein is a member of the Office Depot Foundation board of directors and managing director of ISOKO, an African free market think tank.
Earlier in his career, Hein was a welfare reform policy advisor to Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin and director of civil society programs at the Hudson Institute. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Eureka College and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Indiana Wesleyan University.