WE ARE INNOVATORS.THE QUAD.
- Our work is a choice that indicates our values.
- Good isn’t good enough. We learn, we think, we act. We grow courageously.
- We DO, with integrity in all things.
- We measure impact through created value, honored commitments and opportunities built for ourselves and others
- It takes differences of opinion and identity to build worthwhile things.
Creativity is thinking of new things.
Innovation means doing them.
Let’s DO together.
Jake joined the founding team of his first business at 19. After completing his undergraduate, Jake moved to Las Vegas to help manage the $50M venture investment arm of Downtown Project, a $400M redevelopment effort spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Investment work was not for him – a year later he moved into what would become the first of several startup roles, including founding his own financial services company in Uganda. In 2016, Jake joined the Quad Partnership as its first Executive Director. He has steered the partnership through explosive growth, transforming the Partnership from a 15-student summer program to a sustainable institution that offers over 75 students paid opportunities to demonstrate their capability at the highest levels of the professional world each year. Jake is still actively involved in his Ugandan venture, making the 80-hour journey to the remote West Nile region regularly. With alarming frequency, his dreams center on the extra leg room in Economy Plus. He firmly believes that one day those dreams will come true.
A Colorado College graduate, Beka thrives at the intersection of people and economy. She has experience in community-scale economic and workforce development for the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, where she built tools to support talent development and entrepreneurial growth from the ground up. At the Quad, Beka integrates the inimitable talent of each student and faculty advisor into resourceful and capable project teams aligned with each client’s goal. She is committed to building the capacity of burgeoning innovators to meet the needs of economic and community actors throughout the region. When she is not connecting with students and solving the challenges that face business and community leaders, Beka likes to read, create and connect with people.
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