Jacob is a joint MEM/MBA student excited to explore how collaboration between public institutions and private enterprise may be optimized to promote conservation, ecological restoration, environmental justice, regenerative agriculture, ecotourism, and any emergent practices or technology which will allow future generations access to the same resources and opportunities we enjoy today.
Before arriving at Yale, Jacob had spent the past decade moving back and forth across the country as an Infantry and later Civil Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army. In his most recent role, he worked in the Middle East as part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS advising municipal and provincial governments on implementing humanitarian aid and reconstruction projects. During his transition from military service in the summer of 2023, he also interned at The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee Chapter assisting with biodiversity surveys and grassland restoration efforts.
Jacob graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Geography and B.A. in History with a minor in Military Science. In his free time, he enjoys trail running, kayak fishing, playing ice hockey, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, and honing his cooking skills.