Steve Jackobs

Steve Jackobs
  • Name
  • Steve Jackobs
  • Title
  • Executive Director
  • Organization
  • Capital IDEA
  • Years as Executive Director
  • 16

  • How did you become interested in this work?
  • I enjoyed helping Austin Interfaith lay the groundwork for a workforce development partnership with the business community, and stayed on as it became operational.
  • What drives your passion?
  • My mother aspired to a career as a teacher, but never got the chance to go to college. I know from her life that college and career mean much more to people than simply the money.
  • Did you have a mentor or role model?
  • I have many mentors and role models, direct and indirect, including Ernie Cortes, Pat Hayes, Martha Smiley, and others from my life before Texas. I learned a lot from the biography of Jean Monnet, who spent his life attempting to institutionalize solutions to big problems.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?
  • We are a small organization in a world of large institutions.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?
  • A high performance organization is a high recovery organization.
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?
  • 1) When people are afraid, don’t take it personally.
    2) Runs are good for stress relief, but don’t forget to stretch and strengthen.
    3) Try model railroading as hobby, so that at the end of the day at least one thing will be under control.

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