Jane Krentz is the Director of the McVay Youth Partnership mentoring over 40 amazing Hamline students yearly, who serve as Fellows, Associates and Interns working with urban middle and high school youth in partnership with area churches. Jane graduated from Hamline University in 1974 with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education, and completed her M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota in Special Education.
She taught elementary school in the Mounds View School District, was a stay at home mom for 9 years, and served as a Minnesota State Senator for a decade (1993-2002) where she served on the Education Committee for 10 years, and was selected Chair of the Environment and Agriculture Budget Division and subsequently the Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
From 2001-2020, Krentz served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, with a particular focus on working with legislators in Great Lakes and Mississippi River states.
In addition to her work at Hamline, Jane worked for 20 years for the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO), focusing on the inclusion of students with disabilities and English Language Learners in assessment and accountability. She worked at the Guthrie Theater part-time for over 49 years.
Jane dearly loves her family (a son, two daughters, their spouses, and seven adorable grandchildren), as well as her McVay "family". She thinks McVay is the best job ever. When she is not working, or spending time with family and friends, you can find her floating in her floating chair on Square Lake.