Jass Stewart has earned a reputation for being a strategic thinker, a consensus builder, and a hands-on manager who knows how to get ideas, products, and policy to market. 

Throughout his career, he has launched major public policy initiatives in association with national education and media campaigns, provided strategic training to community groups to build their on-the-ground leadership capacity, and engaged hundreds of institutions in the critical work of diversifying their constituent base. In addition, Jass has raised over $19 million from the private and public sector as an entrepreneur and a nonprofit executive.


SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • More than 19 years’ management experience in organizational leadership and relationship building with political, business, community, and education leaders.
  • Extensive background in private-sector, government, and foundation fundraising, directly securing $4.3 million and key contributor in the attainment of $14.6 million.
  • A highly organized, hands-on manager, able to quickly assess needs and provide tools to meet challenges, improve learning, and enhance performance.
  • A strategic thinker, succinct communicator, and consensus builder with strong skills in public speaking, facilitating, research, negotiating, writing, client services, and product development.
  • Skilled with project management, office, digital production/editing, and HR software, including Smartsheet, AceProject, Excel, Final Cut Pro, PowerPoint, SalesForce, SharePoint, Word, Workday.

 

EDUCATION

M.B.A. in Human Resources Management, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA

SENIOR FELLOW, MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Cambridge, MA

M.Ed., Boston University, School of Education, Boston, MA

B.S., Boston University, College of Communication, Boston, MA

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, Business and Management Magnet High School, Dallas, TX

 

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

2013-PRES

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Malden, ma

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF (2018-present)

SENIOR STRATEGIST, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGEMENT (2017-2018)

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF (2016)

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE SR. ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER (2014-2015)

CONSULTING PROJECT DIRECTOR (2013-2014)

Work closely with the commissioner and the state's leadership team for K-12 education as a member of senior staff. Current responsibilities include strategy and counsel, operations management, communication and marketing, information management, talent management, and fundraising and funder stewardship.

 

2010-2016

City of Brockton, MA

CITY COUNCILOR AT LARGE

Actively represented the diverse interests of nearly 100,000 residents and oversaw a $350-million budget to ensure the efficient and cost effective delivery of services through the filing of legislation; the enactment of orders, ordinances, and resolutions; and by analyzing appropriations and loan orders.

 

2010-2014

JASS STEWART CONSULTING, BROCKTON, MA

PRINCIPAL

Developed integrated business and communications solutions for mission-driven organizations, including the strategic analysis, integration, and execution of high-impact business and marketing plans for mission-driven organizations such as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Year Up (Boston), City Year (Boston), and the United Way of Greater Plymouth County (Brockton).

 

2008-2010

Jobs for the Future (JFF), Boston, MA

VICE PRESIDENT

Planned, developed, managed, and increased the impact of JFF’s messages, products, and events with media, policymakers, and other opinion leaders. JFF is a national research and advocacy organization focused on educational and economic opportunity for American families and businesses.

 

2005-2007

Big Picture Learning, Providence, RI

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Served as chief national facilitator in leading education reform and leadership development in 15 cities across the country. Big Picture is an education advocacy and school-startup organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

2007-2008

EDUCATION CONSULTANT, Diploma Plus (Boston): Started four small high schools in Indianapolis area; revamped school startup process for organization.

2000-2005

FOUNDER AND CHIEF CLIENT OFFICER, Invent Media (Brockton): Developed and led solid business strategy for social marketing and technology firm serving mission-driven organizations.

1994-2000

SENIOR DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MANAGER, ASSISTANT MANAGER, PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR, Blackside Film and Television Productions (Boston): Led the growth of company’s Marketing, Outreach, and New Media department.

1998, 1994, 1993

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, Boston University: Designed and taught graduate-level course on educational media and technology and two summer courses on television and film production.

1993

RESEARCHER, WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston): Conducted primary and secondary research for national PBS television programs in development.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Artists for Humanity, Big Brothers, Black Men’s Health Alliance, Brockton Boys and Girls Club, Brockton Community Schools, Brockton Neighbors United, Brockton Cable Board, BU Alumni Association, Center for Science Exploration, Crime Watch, Citizen’s Police/Trial Court Academies, Mass-Care, Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Committee, Mayor’s After-School Taskforce, Signature Healthcare Business Council.  

 

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Africa: Cape Verde, Ghana. Asia: Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand. Caribbean: Bahamas, Haiti, Puerto Rico. Europe: France, Spain, United Kingdom. Latin America: Mexico. North America: Canada, United States (33 states).