As Strada Education Network senior vice president, Strategic Investments, Jessica evaluates potential mission-aligned investments and manages Strada's portfolio of direct minority investments and early-stage fund investments. Previously, Jessica led Product Strategy and Innovation, advising and supporting Strada's mission-aligned affiliates to identify and create new product opportunities, and to align on a strong product strategy for Strada’s Commercial and Products division.
A product strategy and innovation leader in higher education, Hinkle joined Strada in March 2018. Previously she was a principal with Silverstrand Strategy + Innovation, providing strategic advisory services.
She also has held a variety of roles with Laureate International Universities, most recently as chief product officer for Walden University, where she led the team of product managers at Laureate’s flagship online university. She also co-led an innovation team that incubated a new model for competency-based education. Hinkle began at Laureate in 2002 as senior market analyst, research and analysis department, and progressed to her other most recent roles: vice president, product management; and co-head, emerging strategies and products group. She started her career in investment banking, at Morgan Stanley and WR Hambrecht + Co.
Hinkle holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.