Director of Research
Jason is the director of research for the Kirwan Institute, directing the Institute’s multimillion dollar annual research portfolio. He acts as an advisor and capacity builder to foundations, non-profits, community organizations and government agencies on issues related to community development, social equity in planning, civic engagement, GIS, and health equity. Jason was formerly the director of the Opportunity Communities Program at the Kirwan Institute and co-developed the opportunity mapping methodology with john a. powell, a methodology which has been adopted or utilized by more than dozens of non-profit, public sector and philanthropic partners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jason’s professional experience includes organizational management, program administration, project management, program development, grant writing, strategic planning, research & policy consultation.
He has managed and developed $5 million in grant and contract research since 2007 and has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector and public sector at the city, regional and state level, experience acting as a facilitator. Jason is also an adjunct faculty and lecturer, having taught eleven undergraduate and graduate courses, focused on social equity in planning, at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Jason has published twelve articles in scholarly journals, books and other professional publications and published approximately seventy commissioned reports and research documents. He has been an invited expert speaker for approximately one hundred and twenty five professional or community engagements and a guest lecturer for more than two dozen university courses since 2007. Jason has assisted community organizations, philanthropic organizations, public agencies and other non-profit or faith based organizations in more than thirty states and is recognized as a national expert in data informed decision making to assist in social justice advocacy, community building and civic engagement.
Prior to working for the Kirwan Institute, Jason was a regional planner for the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments working on issues of community/economic development, land use and transportation. He also has worked in rural community and economic development for Ohio State University Extension, where much of his work focused on Ohio’s Appalachian region. Jason has worked for the Ohio Department of Development in the Office of Strategic Research and for a municipal planning agency. He has been active in the field of GIS for sixteen years, including time working as a research assistant managing GIS laboratories at Miami University and as a GIS consultant. Jason was certified AICP by the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2003.
He received a Master’s degree in City and Regional planning from The Ohio State University and studied city planning abroad at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional planning from Miami University. Jason is currently completing his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University, exploring the role of planning, regional policy and civic engagement in supporting social equity. review Jason’s CV.
Research Interests: Community Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Housing Policy; Regional equity; GIS