Jakob Wolf-Barnett moved from Germany to the Washington D.C. metro area, which he has called home for nearly thirty years. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Business from James Madison University, located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Jakob’s professional experience has been with small to midsize organizations in a variety of industries, including education, non-profit, and professional services, among others. His roles have ranged from turning around a struggling retail chain through creation of systems and professional development of the leadership team, to being the face of a West-coast based organization as it grew its presence in the DC Metro market, to helping a 130-year old non-profit reimagine itself for the future. Jakob has delivered successful business initiatives by consistently focusing on how to create and implement inclusive leadership practices, and by shaping organizational culture and decision-making to harness the creativity of diverse groups of employees and stakeholders. He has been involved in organizational DEI work in a variety of roles, and while at Cook Ross, supported organizations across the private and non-profit sector in planning and launching DEI initiatives.
Jakob is an avid road cyclist (though he has tried out a pump track or two during a visit to Lake Tahoe), and spends as much time as possible with his wife and two young daughters.