Jared Henderson

Jared Henderson

Democratic Candidate for Governor

Jared Henderson

Jared’s Arkansas roots have provided him with incredible opportunities to learn and achieve and to serve in business, government, and non-profit education. Like so many other beneficiaries of the American Dream, Jared’s opportunities and accomplishments have stemmed from the hard work and sacrifice of previous generations.

After attending Arkansas public schools his entire childhood, Jared graduated from the University of Arkansas, summa cum laude, with bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics. He later attended Harvard Business School where he earned a master's in Business Administration. He simultaneously studied under full scholarship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he earned a second master’s degree in Public Administration.

In 2001 and 2002, Jared worked as a research scientist and operations manager at NASA, where he was formally recognized for his leadership. After NASA, he joined the world’s top business strategy firm, McKinsey & Company.  He was the first person ever to be offered a job at McKinsey while still a student at the University of Arkansas. At McKinsey, he worked alongside Fortune 500 executives in multiple industries, a state superintendent of education, and supported mayors of two of America’s largest cities during the Great Recession.  

For the last six years, Jared’s career has focused on public education. As an executive director and senior vice president of a national non-profit, Jared had responsibility for more than 1,500 teachers and 150 employees. This work has cemented his belief that all students can learn and achieve if provided with equitable opportunities – and that great educator should be counted among the most important and talented professionals in our society. For two years, Jared served as managing director of ForwARd Arkansas, working alongside dozens of Arkansans to develop a statewide vision for the future of public education. The vision and more than 90 supporting recommendations were approved unanimously by the State Board of Education in 2015.

Over the last three years, Jared has assumed his most important and fulfilling jobs of his life as a husband to Dr. Melanie Prince and father to a precious baby boy, Duke. Today, they live in Little Rock where they own and operate a medical practice.