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Headshot Khalisa Jacobs


Chief of Staff

As chief of staff, Khalisa Jacobs holds strategic and operational responsibility for project managing key intiatives and operational priorities as well as raising funds to support the sustainability of the organization.  

Khalisa has more than 20 years of experience as a fundraising professional establishing deep relationships with funders, partner organizations, and government agencies committed to the improvement of the higher education system. She has worked with international and youth development organizations, most recently as the senior director of development for Break the Cycle, a youth intervention and prevention domestic violence non-profit. Prior to this time she worked in a variety of capacities in development teams at four-year universities including the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and the University of Florida. Her work has come full circle by returning to the education sector.


M.B.A. | University of Florida 

B.A. (Psychology) | University of Virginia

Past Experience 

Director of Development | Achieving the Dream 

Senior Director of Development | Break the Cycle 

Director of Development | National Peace Corps Association 

Associate Director of Development | University of Virginia 

How has education changed your life/your family? 

Embracing lifelong learning is a central tenant of my family. Whether through gaining certification, attaining advanced degrees, or engaging in on-the-job professional development, these real-world and in-classroom learning moments have helped to shape the way in which mu family approaches the challenges and opportunities of the world. 


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