Halea Kerr-Layton
Deputy Press Secretary

The Partnership for Public Service welcomes Mark Jacobson as vice president of research, evaluation and modernizing government

July 26, 2023

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service today announced that Mark R. Jacobson has joined the organization as vice president of research, evaluation and modernizing government. In this role, Jacobson will lead a team that produces cutting-edge research on government management and leadership, the federal workforce, employee engagement and satisfaction, the customer experience with federal services, trust in government, presidential transitions, and the use of technology, among other issues.   

“Mark is passionate about our mission and is a public servant at heart. He has a wealth of experience and will be a tremendous asset, to the Partnership,” said Max Stier, the Partnership’s president and CEO. “He will offer unique perspectives and play a critical leadership role within the organization. In 2002, we were honored to name Mark a Service to America Medals finalist, and we’re excited he is now joining our team.” 

Jacobson comes to the Partnership after a more than two-decade career in academia and public service, including his most recent role as assistant dean at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Jacobson previously held appointments at Amherst College and Georgetown University. His time in public service includes roles at NATO and the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and multiple appointments at the Department of Defense. 

Demonstrating his lifelong commitment to public service, Jacobson is also a veteran of both the Army and Navy Reserves and was mobilized to active duty in both Bosnia and Afghanistan. He is a historian by training and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, King’s College, University of London and The Ohio State University, where he received his Ph.D. in military history. 

“I’m honored to join an incredible organization devoted both to making our government more effective and to honoring those many individuals who have dedicated themselves to service to the nation,” Jacobson said. 

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