Jason Kessler

Senior Adviser

jason(at)gkinitiative(dot)org

Jason joined GKI in July of 2019 and brings a career full of diverse experience he seeks to apply in the design of individual, organizational, and ultimately network transformation.  At GKI, he combines strategy, design, facilitation, and coaching to create best in-class, systems-focused, learning experiences.  Passionate about the power of science and evidence to support improved environmental and climate decision-making, he is eager to apply his science and technology program management experience to front-line development challenges.

Jason comes to GKI from the non-profits Earthrise Alliance and Mission Control Earth, both of which were established to increase the use of Earth science data in evidence-based decision-making to improve our collective response to climate change.  Before that, he consulted extensively for USAID’s Global Development Lab in work ranging from co-creation workshop design and facilitation, coalition building, Challenge concept design, and innovation fund creation.  Jason spent nearly 15 years at NASA including positions as the Deputy Chief of Staff, the SERVIR Deputy Project Director, and in the Innovation Office of the Chief Technologist where he designed and led the White House Grand Challenge on planetary defense.

As an entrepreneur, he launched several businesses in the health and wellness sector and brings direct experience for exploring market failures to discover real value and hidden opportunity.  He supports all of his work with his training and practice as a certified Executive and Leadership coach.  Jason earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University, an MBA focused on Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, a Certificate in Management from the Institute for Generative Leadership, a Certificate in Embodied Leadership from the Strozzi Institute, and a Coaching Certificate from the Hudson Institute of Coaching.  In his free time, he can be found exploring his new community of Charleston, SC with his wife Anne and their Great Dane Sirius.