Jason is passionate about improving social mobility and equity through student success and workforce participation. He has been working in the philanthropic, health and education sectors for 20 years. Jason is currently serving as the partnership executive director for Bridging Richmond. Prior to becoming the executive director, Jason served as the manager for evidence based decision making for Bridging Richmond. Jason has also served as a community health liaison for a nonprofit health system, chief administrative officer for a state-wide Baptist nonprofit and a community center director in the East End of the city of Richmond.
Jason is currently part of the inaugural Lumina Federal Policy Corps and the second Higher Learning Advocacy Champion cohort. He was also part of the Virginia delegation to the Lumina Foundation state policy retreat in 2018. Jason advocates for policy solutions to help all students reach their potential by creating pathways to success that are clearer, more affordable and supported by wrap-around services. Jason is frequently an invited presenter or consultant on continuous improvement, collective impact and improving equity in education. Recent engagements have included Lumina Foundation, StriveTogether, National Science Foundation, National Alliance for Partners in Equity, 50K Coalition, National College Access Network and Forsyth Promise. Locally, he chairs the Capital Region Collaborative education action area and serves on the Advisory Committee for NextUp, an out-of-school time intermediary.
Jason earned a PhD from VCU in Organizational Leadership and Learning, where he combined coursework in public and nonprofit administration and organizational learning. His dissertation on the role of cognition and emotion in organizational change received the 2010 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the School of Education. Jason holds an MDiv from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, a BS in Biology and BA in Religious Studies from VCU. Jason also completed executive and continuing professional education on measurement, design, and analysis methods at Harvard, Results Based Leadership from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and regional leadership development through Leadership Metro Richmond.