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Foodshare CEO Wins Prestigious Connecticut Scholarship to Harvard

Foodshare Executive Director Jason Jakubowski (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford resident Jason Jakubowski will be one of 150 international CEOs to study at the Harvard Business School this summer.


Foodshare President & CEO Jason Jakubowski is a 2019 winner of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut Community Partners. Jakubowski will be one of 150 nonprofit CEOs from around the world to study at the Harvard Business School this summer through SPNM executive management program. 

“This is both a tremendous honor and an extraordinary responsibility,” Jakubowski said. “I am beyond grateful to HBS Community Partners for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. The chance to learn with such a talented group of international leaders will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I look forward to bringing those lessons and relationships back here in Connecticut.” 

For each of the past 15 years, the HBS Community Partners has granted scholarships to Connecticut nonprofit leaders to attend the Harvard Business School’s SPNM executive education program, an intensive program taught by the Harvard Business School faculty. Over the years, 28 of Connecticut’s top nonprofit leaders have attended this program including HARC CEO Andrea Barton-Reeves, Red Cross of CT CEO Mario Bruno, and former Girl Scouts of CT CEO Jennifer Smith Turner.

“Jason is an outstanding non-profit leader, and we are sure he will contribute as much as he receives from the Harvard Business School SPNM program,” said Thomas Heckel, HBS Community Partners president and board chairman. HBS Community Partners – www.hbsconnecticut.org – supports Connecticut’s leading nonprofits with pro-bono consulting, scholarships and grants, all provided by the over 2,000 Harvard Business School alumni living in Connecticut.

Jakubowski has led Foodshare since July of 2017. Prior to that, he served as vice president for External Relations at Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. He holds both a B.A. and an M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut and has taught political science at Central Connecticut State University since 2006.

Jakubowski currently serves as chairman of the Board at Leadership Greater Hartford and is the immediate past chairman of the Board at Community Health Resources in Windsor. He lives with his wife and five children in West Hartford.

Jakubowski was nominated for this scholarship by Mercedes “Ellie” Large, a Harvard MBA alum and longtime board member at Foodshare.

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