Jakob manages research solutions for a variety of projects in the greater Grand Rapids area. Whether he’s compiling and cleaning data for an evaluation of a statewide intervention, creating visualizations to communicate findings to stakeholders, or writing qualitative analyses, Jakob brings a unique sense of humor and reliability to his work that makes him a valuable teammate.
Jakob joined Basis as a research intern while completing his bachelor’s degree at Calvin College where he served as a tutor in statistics and a research assistant in the psychology department. He also spent semesters studying Spanish in Peru and interning at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Jakob credits his drive to improve the lives of young learners in part to his high school economics teacher. Despite a stern exterior, he was the kind of teacher that inspires students to aim high and embrace the risk of failure. Jakob applies these tenets to his work life as well as his training as an amateur runner, slalom water-skier, and pianist.