Director, Research



Jack is Director of Research at Sorenson Impact, where he oversees its efforts to research and publish in areas like social finance, collective impact, place-based initiatives, impact measurement, and community-based approaches to solving social problems, and provides high-level advisory services on a variety of project implementation models and strategies.  

Jack received his bachelors degree in Mathematics, Economics, and Computer Science from Wesleyan University, Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  

During his Ph.D. work at the University of Pennsylvania, Jack was a member of the Penn Institute for Urban Research team that developed the structure and assessment criteria for the indicator systems used for the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a collaborative effort of three federal agencies—HUD, EPA, and DOT.  Prior to his graduate work, Jack was a planning consultant and project manager at Sasaki Associates, Inc., and his work focused on strategic planning, long-range physical planning, regional development strategies, and capital budget planning for municipal and institutional clients in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.