Jane O’Meara Sanders is the Founder of the Sanders Institute and now serves as a Fellow pursuing bold, progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial and social justice issues. Jane served as Interim President/Provost of her Alma-mater, Goddard College, and as President of Burlington College. A political scientist, Jane has provided educational and political consulting and worked on federal, state and local political campaigns. She also worked in her husband's Congressional office as Chief of Staff and Policy and Press Advisor as a volunteer and has held both appointed and elected office. Family has always been, and continues to be, a very important aspect of Jane’s life. She is married to Senator Bernie Sanders and they have four children and seven grandchildren. Jane earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from Union Institute & University. She also participated in the Institute for Educational Management and Presidents Seminar, two Harvard University educational leadership programs.