Jake is generally obsessed with solving big, complex problems – though no problem more so than making science, technology and government work to better empower citizens and spur new innovation.
Prior to joining the White House, Jake led global policy, external affairs, and new product development focused on elections at Change.org — working to reshape the connection and conversation between decision makers (e.g. government or corporate leaders) and the 100 million Change.org users in 196 countries impacted by their decisions.
Jake also serves as co-founder and board president of Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, where their work has included reframing the narrative of the American immigration debate in media and culture – including the cover of TIME magazine, the CNN Films documentary “Documented,” and the recently released MTV feature, “White People.”
Some of Jake’s past work has included leading the communications and engagement division of the Sunlight Foundation, launching a first-of-its-kind White House initiative on Veteran employment with Code for America, helping create US Ignite – a national “gigabit” initiative to transform healthcare, education, transportation and more through next-generation Internet applications – and designing the national Civic Data Challenge, helping bring critical “civic health” data to civic decision-makers in ways they can actually use it.
Outside the office, Jake is a former All-American triathlete, a widely published photographer, and serves in a variety of advisory and board roles with organizations building healthier democracy. Through it all, he hopes to one day return to his first job as minor league baseball mascot Murray the Mule.