Home City: Paradise Valley Occupation: Social Entrepreneur Member Since: 2019
Aaron Lieberman is an Arizona native and experienced social entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success in scaling organizations in the social sector. Aaron founded Jumpstart out of his
college dorm room at Yale.
After graduation, while getting Jumpstart off the ground, Aaron started his career as a Head Start teacher in Boston. Aaron then led Jumpstart as its founding CEO for seven years. To date, over 50,000 college students have served as Jumpstart Corps members, earning over
$200 million in college scholarships through AmeriCorps, while working with over 100,000 young children.
In 2002, Aaron founded Acelero Learning, a company focused on closing the achievement gap for Head Start children and families. Children enrolled in Acelero Learning’s Head Start program make gains at nearly three
times the national average. Through its second business unit, Shine Early Learning, Acelero Learning helps other early childhood providers use its best practices and tools. Today, Acelero Learning has over $80M in annual
revenue, employs over 1800 staff, and directly impacts 30,000+ low-income young children. Aaron served as CEO until 2015 when he transitioned into the role of chairman.
In 2015, Aaron returned home to Arizona to serve as CEO of Phoenix Spine, where he helped the company grow dramatically and eventually led the process of bringing in an outside investor. In 2017, Aaron joined New
Profit, a pioneering venture-philanthropy firm, as a part-time Partner leadings its early childhood work. In this capacity, he is raising $23.5 million to fund a public-private partnership in the State of Massachusetts
to support the implementation of new evidence-based models of training and technical assistance.
In 2018, Aaron ran for and won a seat in the Arizona State House, representing Legislative District 28 where he both grew up and now lives with his wife Jamie and their two boys. As a first-time political candidate,
he knocked over 5000 doors and raised more money to support his campaign than any other State House candidate (challenger or incumbent). He has been named to the Education and Appropriations committees.