Jason grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College. After graduating, he joined Teach For America and taught 6th grade Math and Science in East Oakland, California. In 1999, he was also elected to the California Teachers' Association State Council of Education, where he assisted in drafting legislation to address issues of educational disparity.
From 2000 - 2005, Jason served as Executive Director of Teach For America in Phoenix. During his tenure, local funding for the program doubled, teacher placements increased 150%, and the number of schools and districts partnering with TFA increased 100%. In addition, the Phoenix program went from TFA's lowest to its highest performing region in the U.S. and, under the No Child Left Behind law, Jason was able to provide additional leadership by facilitating Arizona's first successful alternative certification model for credentialing teachers.
In 2006, Jason secured the Democratic Party nomination for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in the primary election with 54% of the statewide vote, and a majority of votes in 14 of 15 counties. In the general election, he received more votes than any other non-incumbent Democrat in the closest of all the statewide races. His broad, diverse, grassroots campaign was endorsed by several community leaders, business executives, and community organizations.
Prior to his current role at Stand, Jason served as the Managing Partner of BlueDynamic, Founder of AZ School Works, faculty member for Arizona State University's Beat the Odds Institute Parent Liaison Academy, and a member of several Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees including; College Depot, Communities In Schools, Genesis City, George Gervin Prep Academy, and Phoenix Collegiate Academy.
Jason continues to ensure educational equity and excellence for all children in the Commonwealth as the Massachusetts Executive Director with Stand for Children. Jason is an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, watches way too much science fiction, and is slightly obsessed every fall with his favorite holiday, Halloween.