A Knoxville native, Jonathan previously served as Great Schools Partnership’s vice president of research, development and evaluation. In that position, Jonathan played an integral role in leading Great Schools Partnership’s R&D initiative. Jonathan developed and oversees the evaluation methodologies Great Schools Partnership uses to identify, develop, evaluate and transition new research and development projects for Knox County Schools. He also manages Great Schools Partnership’s Teacherpreneur grant program, the new integrated arts tutoring model, middle and high school tutoring centers and Leaders for Readers. Jonathan has been with Great Schools Partnership since September 2016; he was appointed as interim president of Great Schools Partnership in October 2019.
Jonathan has a 20-year track record of establishing and growing nonprofits in our community. Before joining Great Schools Partnership, Jonathan served for nine years as the program officer for Equitas Group, an affiliate of the Provision Foundation. The Knoxville-based organization partners with others around the world to prevent and end the trafficking and exploitation of children in Southeast Asia, as well as child servitude in Haiti.
In 2010, Jonathan co-founded the East Tennessee’s Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The organization grew under Jonathan’s leadership from a grassroots movement of volunteers to being recognized by Governors Bill Haslam and now Bill Lee as the state’s appointed single point of contact for human trafficking victims in East Tennessee.Jonathan’s work in combatting human trafficking has been recognized from the National Institute of Health’s Office of Extramural Research, the US Department of Justice and the FBI.
Jonathan has a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Jonathan and his wife, Beth, attended and graduated from Knox County schools, and their daughter, Caroline, attends a Knox County school now. Together, they enjoy traveling.