Jacob has called Fort Collins home since 1997 when he began his studies at Colorado State University. While at CSU, he earned three undergraduate degrees (Agricultural Business, Foreign Language and Literature, and Economics), and a double masters in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program (M.S.B.A.) and Agricultural and Resource Economics—all from CSU. While attending graduate school, Jacob launched his first company called PowerMundo, which was called one of six ideas that will change world, according to CNN/Money. Since then, he has launched Panda Bicycles, a leading-edge bamboo bicycle designer and manufacturer headquartered in Fort Collins. Jacob’s economic development work began at the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation and it continues as Economic Development Manager at the Larimer County Workforce Center. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of Directors for the Sustainable Living Association and the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, and he teaches a course on Global Sustainability at CSU.