Jacob Murray is the Faculty Director of Professional Education at the Boston University School of Education. Jake leads the school's efforts to deliver high quality, competency-based and digitally mediated professional development.
Jake previously served as the Executive Director of the Aspire Institute, Wheelock College’s innovation hub. Under Jake's leadership, Aspire established 30 college-community initiatives, raised over $20 million in funding, and expanded from two to eighteen staff.
Prior to joining Aspire, he served for four years as a child and youth planner for the City of Cambridge, overseeing strategic planning, quality improvement, and program development for early education, out-of-school-time, and youth development services. He also served for five years as a director of community partnerships for the Harvard Children's Initiative, leading a range of collaborative efforts to improve education outcomes in Boston and Cambridge.
His research interests include professional learning models, new teacher development, and school-community partnerships. He has served as a consultant to the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Mayor's Office, the Cambridge Agenda For Children, the Boston Redevelopment Authority-Jobs and Community Services, and Open Circle, Wellesley College.