Here’s a chronological history of projects I’ve been involved in:
In 2012, Jeff managed the signature drive for Seattle’s Initiative 103, an effort to limit corporate rights. He also completed the basic and advanced leadership training with Seane Corn’s Off the Mat Into the World and became a volunteer at Street Yoga teaching to teen boys in substance recovery.
In 2011, Jeff received a third grant from the Knight Foundation for NewsCloud’s open source Facebook software. He also successfully completed the 200 hour Yoga Works teacher training.
In 2009, Jeff received a second grant from the Knight Foundation to expand NewsCloud’s work with journalism organizations. He also helped lead the capture of Wired’s missing writer, Evan Ratliff.
In 2008, Jeff received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research the engagement of young people in news using social networks. Using this grant, Jeff launched Facebook applications Hot Dish and MnDaily.
In 2005, Jeff launched CommonBits and CommonTimes which later merged in to the progressive news network NewsCloud.
In 2004, Jeff wrote three features for the Seattle Weekly about Microsoft’s technology, its corporate practices and about his own socially responsible investing.
In 2001, Jeff founded ActionStudio.org and began building Web-based services for nonprofits. ActionStudio received funding from The Omidyar Foundation and was later acquired by Groundspring (now Network for Good).
In 1999, Jeff left Microsoft, raising $2 million in venture capital to found GiftSpot.com, an electronic gift certificate company, later acquired by GiftCertificates.com.
In 1997, Jeff founded Habitat Espresso and the Four Angels Café, operating them as community-centered businesses that donated their profits to regional charities. Jeff’s efforts were featured on NBC Nightly News, The Lehrer News Hour, Good Morning America and in Seattle media.
In 1991, Jeff joined Microsoft as a Group Program Manager where he helped launch MSNBC.com.