Jacob leads the state government relations practice of the Early Care and Education Consortium, deploying advocacy strategies and in-state grassroots campaigns on behalf of the coalition. He works closely with ECEC members to align their interests into a synchronized approach for engagement and coordinates on-the-ground advocacy efforts in statehouses across the country. As key debates on education policy unfold in political arenas, Jacob can be found at their epicenter, advocating for the needs of early care providers.
Before joining ECEC, Jacob served as manager of policy and governmental affairs at a leading non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated to providing children with access to early learning programs. In this role, Jacob served as project manager for a foundation grant regarding Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) implementation and led the creation of a 50-state report on the impact of increased CCDBG funding. He also tracked and analyzed federal and state policy developments in a continually-evolving education landscape. When opportunities arose to advance the interests of aligned parents, student and providers, Jacob engaged state legislatures and Congress on child care and early learning policy.
Prior, Jacob served as a staff assistant to Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), where he provided frontline communication to constituents and wrote letters, evidence summaries and memos on education and foreign policy issues. Before arriving in Washington, Jacob served as a policy analyst for the United Nations Development Program in Amman, Jordan and as a Teach For America corps member advisor in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent the first three years of his career as a secondary math teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Gallup, New Mexico.