Jocelyn SargentThe Hogg Foundation for Mental Health announces Dr. Jocelyn Sargent as its new Research and Evaluation Program Officer. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, Sargent joins the foundation after working as a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

At Kellogg, she supported the foundation’s mission to provide resources for organizations serving vulnerable children. Charged with determining the potential of both human and financial resources, Jocelyn focused on statewide programs for Michigan, especially in terms of identifying racial equity and policy opportunities to improve conditions for marginalized communities.

Before coming to the Kellogg Foundation, Sargent served as program director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina and as assistant director for theSonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. She also was the deputy director and senior research associate at the Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center at City University of New York Graduate Center. She has taught politics and research methods at the University of Michigan, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, Barnard College, and Duke University.

As Research and Evaluation Program Officer, Sargent will oversee the Hogg Foundation’s evaluation activities, which include both the foundation’s own evaluations of its grant programs as well as assisting grantees in building their own capacity for evaluation.

“Dr. Sargent really impressed us with her extensive background in organizational development and research, and her resume is filled with examples of her getting initiatives off the ground and seeing them through to fulfillment,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and associate vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “We look forward to her making her mark on the foundation’s evaluation activities.”

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research, and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.