Background: Jason is a senior fellow at Bellwether Education Partners where he advises foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies on city-level education reform initiatives, governance, innovation, and talent. He believes bold new approaches to improving schools are the path to equitable and high-performing school systems. He’s the lead author of the “U.S. Education Innovation Index: Prototype and Report” (USEII), the field’s first foray into measuring education innovation at the city level.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Jason led programmatic and innovation initiatives at Education Pioneers. He was also an Education Pioneers fellow at Envision Schools in 2007. Jason earned his master's degree in Education from Stanford University with a concentration in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies and his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Environmental studies from Western Michigan University. Jason began his career serving youth as a treatment provider in a residential crisis unit and then as a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, both in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Client segments served: Intermediaries, foundations, human capital organizations, state education agencies, product and service providers.
Why I do this work: Early in my career, I worked with children all across the socioeconomic spectrum and witnessed tragic education inequity firsthand. We need to do better by our students and we can. I believe that bold new ideas, talented people, and coordinated efforts will reverse the downward trends we are seeing today.