Adjunct Professor (DPP) and President and CEO, Foodshare (MPA 2001)
A lifelong Connecticut resident, Jason Jakubowski is both an accomplished nonprofit executive and a nationally recognized community leader.
Since 2017, Jason has served as President & CEO of Foodshare – the designated food bank for Hartford and Tolland Counties. Under Jason’s leadership, Foodshare distributes more than 13 million meals each year to local food pantries, shelters, and community kitchens in Central Connecticut. With a dedicated team of 55 employees and more than 6,500 volunteers, Foodshare has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Hartford Courant and Connecticut’s “Best Charity for Your Money” by business.org.
Prior to joining Foodshare, Jason served as Vice President of External Relations at Hospital for Special Care and he worked as the Director of Corporate & Community Development at Charter Oak State College. He has been an adjunct member of the Political Science faculty at Central Connecticut State University since 2006.
Jason holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut, and he is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. At the age of 21, Jason was elected to the New Britain City Council followed by two terms as City Treasurer. In 2012, he was named one of Connecticut’s seven Presidential Electors for Barack Obama.
Jason has chaired the Board of Directors at both Leadership Greater Hartford and Community Health Resources, and he serves on the boards of both the Middlesex County and West Hartford Chambers of Commerce. He served on the Transition Teams for Governors Ned Lamont (2018) and Dannel P. Malloy (2010), and in 2019 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association of Leadership Programs.
Jason currently lives in West Hartford with his wife and five children and is a longtime coach with the West Hartford Youth Baseball League.