Focus Area: Poverty alleviation
Jake graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over seven years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the “War on Terror” wouldn’t be won on the battlefield alone: the contributing causes of terrorism – disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty – must also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty, Nuru International. He lives in Palo Alto.
Nuru is building the world’s first self-sustaining, self-scaling, integrated development model to end extreme poverty.