About Oren jacobson
Strategy Consultant, Civic entrepreneur, SOCIAL INNOVATOR, POLICY ADVISOR, Community Leader
"We just did what we had to do."
Oren is the grandson of a Polish Jew born in the early 1920s. Of the 3.5 million Jews in Poland before WWII, only 10% survived. There were 40,000 Jews in his grandfather’s hometown before the war. Fewer than 300 survived.
At the age of 16 he fled Poland just before Hitler invaded but he didn't run away. He joined the Allied Forces, lying to the British government about his age, and fought against the forces of oppression.
When asked why, his grandfather humbly and without hesitation said, "We just did what we had to do."
Oren is moved by the fact that his life is a statistical improbability made possible by his grandfather's actions. His grandfather's decisions had literal life and death consequences as one of the ten percent of Polish Jews who survived.
This truth guides and motivates Oren everyday. His grandfather's story instills in him a sense of duty to do what is necessary in the fight for justice - to do what it is he has to do.
It is with that spirit that Oren honors his grandfather's life and legacy, along with the lives of millions of Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis.
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Founded in Illinois in 2015, Men4Choice works to engage, educate, and activate more men into the fight to protect and expand reproductive freedom and justice. Men4Choice is proud to have played a role in passing some of the most progressive reproductive rights legislation in America over the last several years, including HB40 and the RHA in Illinois. Men4Choice now has a 501(c)3 educational arm, a 501(c)4 advocacy arm, and is working to expand its efforts beyond Illinois.
Concerns over growing antisemitism in the American progressive movement, and whether progressives support the right and need for Jewish national self-determination in the state of Israel, have understandably elevated fears inside the American Jewish community.
Named after the Hebrew word which means "to hear" or "listen", Project Shema offers a series of educational trainings designed to help the American Jewish community better understand the progressive movement.
Project Shema seeks to improve Jewish advocacy efforts to address these existential issues and rebuild the bonds of trust between those who share common values and hopes for the future.
Reform For Illinois
Member of The Board
Oren believes reforming broken political systems is necessary to tackling the problems we face. That is why Oren joined the board at Reform For Illinois. As a board member, he works with staff and other leaders determined to be a part of the solution.
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is a non-partisan public interest group that conducts research and advocates reforms to promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government.
New Leaders Council
National Advancement Chair Emertius; Former National Chapter Development Director
The New Leaders Council is a national nonprofit organization operating in 50+ cities across America to cultivate a new generation of progressive American leadership. NLC has more than 7000 alumni across the country and is now training almost 1,000 emerging leaders per year, making it the largest progressive leadership development organization in the country.
As the former National Chapter Development Director, Oren focused on building capacity at the ground floor of the movement. He worked with chapter leaders across the country to build more effective boards, identify local advisors and key partners, and support fundraising efforts in local community. All of this work is focused expanding the platform of NLC and it's impact in each community, and elevating NLC's emerging leaders by building an independent and powerful progressive ecosystem in each of our 50+ chapters.
Member of the Board; Political Chair
Personal PAC is a nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights for all women by recruiting, electing, and holding accountable pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois.
Personal PAC is focused on one thing: making sure that Illinois always remains a state where abortion is safe, legal, and accessible to every woman. We fight to remind elected officials that the health and well-being of women is their job. We fight to defeat politicians who take those rights away. As the organization's political chair, Oren works with the board and staff to help elect pro-choice candidates and pass pro-choice legislation.
Truman National Security Project
Truman Chicago Exec Board ('17); Political Partner ('16)
As a Truman National Security Project Political Partner, Oren works with next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart, and principled solutions to the global challenges Americans face.
The Truman National Security Project Political Partnership is a selective leadership development program for high-potential political leaders ensuring they can communicate effectively on security issues, and prepare them for national security, foreign policy, and global leadership.
Advisory Council - Chicago
For Jews, the phrase "Tikkun Olam" has powerful meaning. It is a concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. Where there is poverty, we must act in the spirit of Tikkun Olam. That is why Oren joined the Advisory Council of Avodah in Chicago.
Avodah strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. They do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.
The most powerful force in electoral politics remains direct voter contact. That's why Oren, and a group of progressive activists, launched Project 270 to organize GOTV efforts for the 2016 Presidential election.
Project 270 was a grassroots volunteer led effort to mobilize a national network of young progressive leaders into key swing states in the final three days of the 2016 election. More than 70 volunteers traveled into 12 swing states and covered more than 500 volunteer shifts in the final four days of the election cycle.
Oren originally formed PHPC as a pro-bono consulting firm for progressive social entrepreneurs. For clients that have longer term needs PHPC also offers for hire consulting services. His expertise includes organizational development, strategy formulation, revenue development strategy, consumer segmentation and messaging, operational process improvement for both for profit and not for profit organizations.
New Home Star
Strategy Consultant/Strategic Marketing/Lead Market Analyst
Oren serves a consultant on consumer segmentation, message formulation, market analysis, and asset positioning strategy for NHS clients. He also lends his expertise toward the creation of organizational resources and training content.
New Home Star is a national real estate sales management firm serving builders and developers across the nation. The organization trains, manages, and recruits sales teams with a full-time focus on new home sales.
Member of the Board of Directors
Oren began working with the TinyDocs team as part of his pro bono consulting work through PHPC. Over the last several years the startup has gained traction, thanks in part to Oren's strategic advice. Oren has been amazed at the work of the founders and their commitment to improve the health and wellness of children.
TinyDocs makes the world a healthier, happier place by providing children and families with the tools to make informed, empowered healthcare decisions.
Graduate Research Assistant - Economics Department
Oren was selected to join the Economics Department as a Graduate Assistant for the 2017 academic year following his outstanding academic performance during his first year in the program. In this role he works with the world class faculty to help provide resources and support to students and further critical research aimed at solving the key economic questions of our time.
General Sales Manager
Oren served in various roles in four cities and three states over the course of a decade. He is proud to have had the opportunity to lead cross-functional teams that delivered sound results in the hardest hit sector of the American economy during The Great Recession, while providing excellent service to home buyers.
The PulteGroup is a homebuilding company with operations in 50 markets, routinely ranking as one of the top three homebuilders in America.
Master's in International Relations
University of Chicago
In these challenging times, with massive global upheaval and the potential reshaping of the world order, a deep academic foundation is critical to effectively leading on the most complex issues we face.
The University of Chicago's Committee on International Relations is regarded as one of the top ten IR programs in the entire world. The program combines intellectual diversity and analytical rigor, a small cohort, and scholarly intensity to ensure students with differing perspectives challenge each other and come to a more sophisticated understanding of the complicated interaction between the realities of international politics and the requirements of a global morality.
Master's in Economics - Policy Analysis
Oren enrolled in DePaul motivated to answer a simple question: How can we create and expand economic opportunity for all Americans?
Thanks to this education, Oren has been able to provide policy support to local, state, and federal elected officials and candidates. The American economy continues to experience major structural challenges including the highly limited concentration of gains, the hollowing out of once thriving communities, and a workforce that is not fully prepared for where the economy is growing. With this education, Oren is equipped to help solve these challenges.
Master's In Business Administration - Strategic Management
The housing market started to collapse just as Oren was beginning his career. Rather than leave the industry, he invested in the skills and knowledge needed to face the challenge. That investment allowed him to emerge as an industry leader capable of leading in the housing market during The Great Recession. Oren continues to leverage this education in all aspects of his life applying these lessons to his consulting and civic work.
Bachelor of Journalism
University of Missouri - 2004
Oren was drawn to journalism and studied at one of the best universities in the country for that field. While his career went in a different direction, he learned valuable principles of journalism from some of the top minds in the field.