Bokamoso Youth Foundation: The Future Begins Here

Louis Jacobson, Board Member, Bokamoso Youth Foundation

Lou has been on the Board of the Foundation since 2010 and has a keen interest in the Bokamoso Scholarship Program. Over the years, he has played an active role in refining scholarship policy. To help the Foundation develop a deeper understanding of the program and its impact, he designed, administered and briefed the Board of Directors on the results of a survey sample of Bokamoso youth receiving scholarships.

Currently, he is President of New Horizons Economic Research. He has conducted basic research on the costs of job loss and the means to offset those losses through services provided by career centers and community colleges. He analyzed the returns of community college training using a large Florida database to support policy studies for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education. Also, he examined progress in meeting “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) standards and the benefits of NCLB to students with high as well as low test scores.

While working with Westat, Lou was the principal investigator of a six-state evaluation of the effectiveness of public labor exchanges. For the Upjohn Institute, he authored major studies of the cost of worker dislocation and observed first-hand issues of effectiveness in government and private activities designed to deal with loss of long-held industrial jobs.

Lou served on the Montgomery County (Maryland) Workforce Investment Board, chairing the assessment committee. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and a B.S. in economics from MIT. He first became interested in Bokamoso because of the volunteer leadership and travels to Winterveldt of his wife, Leslie Jacobson, a Professor of Theatre at The George Washington University.