As Chief of Staff, Mr. Jenkins works closely with the Commissioner and his leadership team on the Board’s priority initiatives and helps coordinate the federal and state government affairs strategies with USHE institutions. Spencer started working in Utah System of Higher Education’s Office of the Commissioner in 2008 as Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs. From 2010-12, he was the Executive Director of the Utah Geographic Reference Center—primarily directing the state’s redistricting efforts as well as several public-private partnerships involving location-based technologies. Spencer returned to USHE in 2012. From 2006-2008, Spencer worked as the legislative director for the Chief Information Officer of the State of Utah. From 2004-2006, he worked as the Executive Director of the Utah Republican Party. Spencer earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from the University of Utah, and an MBA in Technology Management from Westminster College.