Jason grew up in small town Wisconsin raised by a single mom with his three older siblings. Struggling to make ends meet, Jason’s mom worked for a daycare, so she could afford childcare while working full-time. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to cover the rent and put food on the table and they relied on Welfare to make ends meet.
Jason’s older brother and two sisters all struggled, and continue to struggle, with addictions. He knows firsthand the damage this can cause to families and how difficult it is to see a loved one experience such tragedy.
Overcoming these challenges, Jason was the first person in his family to go to college. He went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in political science and history and from Northwestern University with a master’s in public policy and administration.
For over a decade he has dedicated his professional life to growing, developing, and improving communities here in Wisconsin and around the country. His work in economic development has led to over 3,000 new jobs, saved 2,000 at-risk jobs, and $10 billion in new investments. He’s spoken nationally about his work in over 100 communities where he developed strategies to grow local economies, created new skills and workforce programs, and aligned policy to improve the economic future of those communities. Most recently, Jason managed his company’s response to COVID19 across a dozen states in over 30 communities to ensure team members were safe and able to deliver essential resources to the communities they serve.
Jason has volunteered for and served on several Madison-based non-profit boards, including the Rodney Scheel House Foundation and chairing the New Harvest Foundation. A strong supporter of professional development, Jason regularly volunteers with the Career Center at UW Madison to help students entering the workforce. He lives in the Heritage Heights Neighborhood with his partner, Marc, who works in healthcare billing, and his cantankerous rat terrier, Stubs.
Jason has worked in the public, non-profit, and private sector. He’s collaborated and built relationships with elected officials at all levels of government around the country. He’s grown the economy, created jobs, built strategies for better government, and he’s done that all for Wisconsin.