As a Communications Associate, Zach Jacobs manages The Fund’s editorial calendar, strategically driving the channels The Fund uses to interact with investors, partners, and the public, including its newsletters, the website, and social media. He also happily answers any and all questions his colleagues may have about grammar, punctuation, and other language matters. Even if he doesn’t know the answer, he likely knows where to find it.
Originally from small-town Nebraska, Zach attended kindergarten through high school in the same building. From there, he became a first-generation college graduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and history, a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He also taught English Composition for two years at UNO and consulted students and faculty in the Writing Center during his first year of teaching. In his second year, he also tutored low-income, first-generation, and disabled students at Iowa Western Community College in their TRiO office.
Zach then spent several years in Houston, Texas, transitioning to corporate marketing and communications in health care, where he managed a pharmaceutical magazine and eventually launched and managed a related blog, ensuring that pharmacy staff had accurate, useful information in order to best meet their patients’ needs. During this time, he also earned editing certificates from the American Copy Editors Society and The Poynter Institute.
Zach is happy to be back in the world of education and is an excited Chicago transplant. He believes that access to excellent and equitable education is foundational for any functional society and crucial for the development of the people who live within it.
When not working at The Fund, Zach pursues his second career as an author and enjoys spending time reading, drinking coffee, watching movies, playing video games and tabletop games, drinking coffee, hiking, drinking coffee, and listening to mostly old music.