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Mr. Jacob Allen




A Los Angeles native and social justice junkie, Jacob Allen is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of pilotED Schools, an emerging social identity-centered charter school network. pilotED Schools believes school-aged children living in urban environments need to be afforded the opportunity to explore topics such as race, gender, class, and other social issues in an effort to develop lasting civic engagement mindsets and academic success. Jacob believes offering such an immersive education at a young age will not only lead their ground-breaking elementary schools to the top but lead forgotten voices and communities to uncharted arenas. Jacob’s passion for social justice and equity has routinely been at the center of both his educational and professional worlds—and it began when he served as the first Youth President of Wisconsin for the NAACP. He studied Society and Ethics at the University of Washington, received his MBA from the University of Illinois, and graduated the Executive Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management. He has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and is currently an Echoing Green Fellow, The Mind Trust Fellow, NewSchools Venture Fund Fellow, and a former Camelback Ventures Fellow and Teach For America alum. His work has been featured in national outlets such as Forbes Magazine, ABC News, PBS, ESSENCE Magazine, and USA Today.


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