Jonathan is a Pierce County native, born and raised in Lakewood, WA. His professional experience has revolved largely around providing young adults with access to resources they need in order to be successful in both their personal and academic/professional lives. Jonathan currently serves as the Executive Director for Palmer Scholars, a Pierce-County non-profit that takes a holistic approach to serving underrepresented students of color in pursuit of their educational and career goals after high school. Prior to this role, Jonathan served as the Executive Director for the Fair Housing Center of Washington, Director of Development for the Foundation for Tacoma Students, and Program Director with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. Jonathan serves on Board of Directors for the Regional Pre-Apprenticeship Collaboration, on the Leadership Team for the West Sound Stem Network, Pacific Lutheran University’s Alumni Board, and the University of Washington-Tacoma’s School of Education Advisory Board.
Palmer Scholars has intentionally re-envisioned its programs, moving beyond helping participants choose the “right fit college” to helping them choose the “right fit career path.” In doing so, they are challenging the false narrative that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Presenters will discuss key aspects of their programs, share successes and lessons learned, and challenge attendees to grapple with some of the tough questions that informed their renewed service strategy.