Jake Custer

Director, Growth Strategy

Prior to joining Opportunity 180, Jake worked at DC Prep Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC. He joined DC Prep in 2011 as a Talent Recruitment and Selection Manager where he recruited and hired teachers across all of DC Prep’s campuses. In his most recent role as Director of Recruitment, Jake led DC Prep’s talent recruitment efforts to attract and retain the very best urban educators and leaders – overseeing all aspects of DC Prep’s recruitment efforts to ensure the most competitive, proactive, year-round recruitment strategy as the organization grew. Jake started his career in education at DC Public Schools (DCPS) where he began teaching through the DC Teaching Fellows Program. At DCPS, he worked as a special education teacher. He also worked as a mentor teacher and lead selector for hiring new fellows at TNTP. Jake holds a BA in Political Science from Michigan State University and an MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.


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