Jennifer Gilligan Cole (Jen) is the Chief of Staff of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and the Director of its National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation. In her roles at ASU she coordinates innovation work across the Herberger schools and art museum and seeks to identify, invest in, prototype and scale practices and policies that center artists and designers as co-creators of social change in justice, health and sustainability. She previously served nine years as Executive Director of the Metro Arts: Nashville’s Office of Arts + Culture where she led the city’s efforts in art, culture and creative economy. She has over 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and change management. Cole is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, VA where she earned her degree in English.