Executive Director | Corporate Finance Attorney | Microenterprise Activist
After twelve years as a corporate finance attorney in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, Mike chose to dedicate his energy to the elimination of poverty and the development of individual economic self-sufficiency and strong local economies. Mike spent a year in Central America where he volunteered with a microcredit organization serving Mayan women business owners in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and helped a group of low-income business women in Nicaragua form a self-help bank.
As a VISTA with the Diocese of Olympia, Mike helped develop the JumpStart Fund, a microloan program serving refugees and other newcomers in the Seattle area. At JumpStart, he played a key role in the formation of the Washington State Microenterprise Association where he served two terms as the association’s board chair. As Manager of Training and Education at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Mike developed training workshops for the organization’s annual conferences and regional training institutes. As program director at Washington Community Alliance for Self Help, Mike embraced the opportunity to continue his work at the local level. Mike left CASH to design, develop and manage StartZone, an award-winning microenterprise development program of Highline Community College providing first-level training and technical assistance to low-income underserved communities in South King County. Mike has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
Coast Works Business Advisor | Pinchot University MBA Sustainable Systems | Finance Specialist
Jacob received his MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School) with a concentration in finance, which serves his passion to make a more just and inclusive world for underserved populations. He has been working to create meaningful community based programs since co-founding the non-profit Earth Givers in 2007. His specialty is working with multi-stakeholder groups to build sustainability programs that encompass triple bottom line thinking.
In 2008, Jacob designed the Neutral Gator program to create the first carbon neutral collegiate football season by generating carbon offsets through community-based programs to conserve energy and reforest conservation lands. With Jacob’s help, the University of Florida’s entire athletics program has been carbon neutral ever since.
Jacob has also worked with rural women in the mountains of Haiti to create microeconomic opportunities through sustainable capacity building since 2010.