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Jason Israel, Baltimore Corps Faculty

Jason Israel is a dedicated public servant, naval officer, and educator with over 15 years of experience in military and civilian leadership positions at the federal, state, and local levels.

As a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, he deployed around the world for several missions vital to national security, worked throughout Europe with allies negotiating multilateral security agreements, and has worked as a policy and operations officer with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, the United States Cyber Command at Fort Meade, MD and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.  Now an officer in the Navy Reserve, he was recalled to active duty from 2012-2015 and deployed overseas to Africa, leading a team that oversaw military support to the Government of Somalia amidst humanitarian crises and global terrorism threats.  He then served as Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, a key advisory position to the President and National Security Advisor.

Thankful for the many people who have guided and inspired him throughout his life, Jason is passionate about educating and empowering youth to rise to their full potential and has spent his free time teaching and mentoring students in each community he’s lived. In Washington, DC he served on the academic advisory board and tutored reading at Little Lights Urban Ministries. In Cambridge, MA he founded the Harvard in the Schools (HITS) program to build leadership education capacity in public school classrooms. In Naples, Italy he founded a mentorship program at a local juvenile prison, training military officers as life coaches for young inmates who have spent their lives affected by organized crime. In Maryland, he has worked for more than a decade with Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW), both teaching and now serving on the Board of Directors.  Jason now works throughout Baltimore with several organizations including Baltimore Corps, Building STEPS, and Vehicles for Change.  In October 2016, he was appointed Board Chair of the South Baltimore Gateway Community Impact District which oversees approximately $8 million per year in community development projects. 

Jason received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, graduating with the Ellen S. Raphael award for Academic Excellence and Public Service.  Jason and his wife Caroline reside in Baltimore City.