Jayson Council has spent the past twenty years working to level the playing field through strategic partner development, pipeline creation, community engagement, philanthropy, and – above all – the power of representation, respect, and repair.
Jayson has held senior leadership positions at a number of high impact community-based organizations and foundations, including Philip’s Education Partners, Horizons, Posse Foundation, Robinson Harris Foundation, and Project G.R.A.D., as well as administrative and teaching roles at Columbia University, Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Jayson has also lead a successful social impact consulting practice focused on guiding individuals and institutions through the complex and critical landscape of justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI); political, corporate & social responsibility (PCSR); and purpose-driven philanthropy. With a deep understanding of the corporate, academic, and non-profit worlds as well as a finger on the pulse of the cultural and social movements, Jayson has a unique ability to create understanding and develop forward-looking approaches. Jayson has worked with the fashion, convenience/retail. education, professional sports, and entertainment industries to name a few.
In order to remain active in the thought leading practices on his areas of impact, Jayson serves as Lead Facilitator for the Princeton Alumni Corp. NYC Emerging Leaders program as well as Associate Faculty at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies where his graduate level courses taught include Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in Philanthropy, Social Purpose Business, Grant Writing, Marketing & Communication, Community Foundations, and Ethics.
Jayson received a BA in History from Virginia State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Robert Morris University, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University.