Carl B. (Jay) Jacobs
Term: June 2010 – June 2016
NOLS Courses: 1988 Fall Semester in the Rockies, 1992 Mountain Instructors Course, 1993 Alaska Wilderness
Jay has been a member of the NOLS community since 1988 when he participated in a Fall Semester in the Rockies. Transformed by that experience, Jay has had an abiding passion for NOLS ever since.
From 1995 until 2010, Jay worked for NOLS gateway partner Summer Search, a national youth leadership program serving low-income high school students in seven cities throughout the United States. Jay was originally the founder and executive director of Summer Search Boston. In 2002, Jay moved west to San Francisco to serve as CEO, where he oversaw the launching of new Summer Search programs in New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Philadelphia. After Summer Search, Jay joined Basic American Foods, a family business where he currently serves as Director, Industrial and International Business.
Jay holds a bachelor degree in political science from Macalester College, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.B.A. from the U.C. Berkeley - Columbia University Joint MBA program. In addition to NOLS, Jay serves as a Trustee of Marin Country Day School. Jay lives in Mill Valley, CA. His wife Liz is a two-time NOLS graduate. His older son, Oliver also became a NOLS alumnus in 2014, participating in an Idaho Adventure Backpacking Course. Oliver’s younger brother Thayer is already reviewing the NOLS course catalogue for that day in the future when he is old enough to do a course of his own.