Jacob is an undergraduate student at American University, working on a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. Originally from Austin, Jacob has a passion for social action work and progressive politics. In the summer of 2017 Jacob served as Deputy Communications Director for the Office of Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen, where he had the chance to oversee a sophisticated communications team responsible for reaching out to constituents across the state. That job coincided with the Texas Legislature’s Special Session of 2017, and Jacob helped manage the social media strategy for the office during the session. In the summer of 2016 he worked as an intern with the communications arm of the Texas Democratic Party, and worked hard to further the goals of the party. His primary role as an intern was to draft statements and speeches that could be given by members of the party. His drafts include a speech given at the Texas Democratic Convention in front of the general body, and press releases about topics ranging from voting rights to carrying guns on college campuses.
Going forward, Jacob’s goal is to continue working for progressive causes and putting the skills he’s learned towards making communities better. As a member of American University’s School of Public Affairs Leadership Program Jacob, is currently researching stress levels on college campuses, and possible ways to reduce stress levels using physical activity. After finishing the research Jacob plans to start a project on American University’s campus to turn his work into action. The program’s curriculum also focuses on giving it’s participants valuable team building and leadership skills, which Jacob knows will be useful in life.
Jacob’s lived his life so far through two teachings of Rabbi Tarfon, that “it is not your responsibility to finish the work of repairing the world, you are not free to desist from it either” and that “the day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, and the Master is pressing”. Together they drive his passion for social action work, and he does his best to keep them in mind at all times.