In 2014, Jeff was elected to chair the board of Project ECHO, an organization that provides a unique experience for students to learn about entrepreneurship by teaching them how to develop, create and launch their business.
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Santa Monica, Project ECHO works with nearly 20 high schools every year across Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Almost all of the schools involved in Project ECHO receive Title I funding and serve financially disadvantaged communities.
Offered free of charge to high schools and their students wishing to participate, the program gives formal instruction in entrepreneurial studies paired with hands-on activities that teach students in-demand skills in Excel, PowerPoint, business writing, social media and marketing, and hosting presentations. The program provides students with the knowledge, ability, creativity and a team environment to turn business ideas and dreams into a reality.
Jeff joined the board of Project ECHO in 2011, was named vice-chair in 2013, and in 2014 was elected chair for a two-year term, succeeding the organization’s founder Chip Goodman in that role. Since assuming leadership of the board, Jeff has worked to expand the organization’s collaboration with high schools, universities and communities throughout Southern California and to refine and diversify its entrepreneurial curriculum.