Throughout his life, Jacob has always worked incredibly hard, building diverse coalitions, and quite simply getting things done.
Growing up in Northern Virginia, Jacob received a track scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary. After graduating with a degree in government, Jacob received a contract from a shoe company to run professionally, and successfully competed for Team USA at the Pan American Games. He simultaneously attended law school at Villanova University from which he graduated cum laude. One of the races Jacob ran was the Twin Cities Marathon, and Jacob immediately fell in love with Minneapolis. The day after graduation he moved to Minneapolis to begin his legal career and the rest of his life.
While practicing law at Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels) and then Halunen & Associates, Jacob established a strong commitment for community organization, and helping those who are less fortunate. He championed a wide range of causes from founding The Big Gay Race, to representing employees experiencing discrimination in the workplace, representing an individual on death row in Alabama. In recognition of this work, Jacob was honored as the first annual recipient of the City of Minneapolis Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
Jacob's commitment to our community continued with his 2013 campaign for City Council. Jacob promised to champion constituent service, spur residential growth, increase the number and variety of small and local businesses, push for full funding of quality affordable housing, and help open a new community-based public school.
As a Council Member, Jacob's leadership has resulted in a thriving 3rd Ward, which saw record numbers of small business openings, substantial public realm and green space improvements, and increases in affordable housing. That new public school he promised is now a reality. When Jacob makes promises, he delivers on them, and those results will continue as Mayor.
Along with falling in love with Minneapolis, Jacob fell in love with a strong, intelligent, and passionate partner, Sarah Clarke. Jacob and Sarah met through community organizing, and were married this past July. Sarah is a mighty force to be reckoned with in her own right, and works hard to make sure our state legislature moves forward on environmental sustainability, economic development, and social justice. The couple lives on East Hennepin Avenue where they support each others' hard work on behalf of Minneapolis, and hope to start a family.