Mark Jacobs

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Mark was an early volunteer of CharityFocus, an international service organization that focuses of nurturing volunteerism while building institutional capacity in other nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the executive board of Dil se Dil and Friends Without Borders, two innovative India-Pakistan peace initiatives that empower children to break the cycle of international enmity. He is an active member of Shuddham, an all-volunteer NGO pioneering scalable, zero-waste trash management systems for urban India, and is an advocate to preserve South India’s beaches from the ravages of man-made coastal erosion. He has worked in the refugee camps of Darfur, Sudan as a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Darfur Cookstove Project team. He sits on the board of Prakti Design Labs, an engineering firm creating safe, affordable, well-constructed, high-performing cookstoves for the world’s poor. He has served as President of the KALW Foundation, an institution providing financial and technical support for San Francisco's most progressive, innovative public radio station. He also served on the Northern California Advisory Board of the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, which provides leadership training and confidence building for teens through the acquisition of advanced wilderness skills. He ran SOMAsala, a community space for non-profit activities and cultural events in San Francisco. He has done pro-bono projects directed to child welfare and education for dozens of nonprofit organizations, both in the United States and in India. He has lectured at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Haas School of Business Administration at UC Berkeley, and the Tokyo 2004 Conference on Information Technology in the Non-Profit Sector on innovative approaches to collective volunteerism.

Mark is has a continuing interest in global health issues, helping Sierra Molecular develop its AssayAssure® nucleic acid stabilization technologies for the clinical diagnostics, biological research, and medical genomics communities.

A founding partner of San Francisco’s boutique intellectual property and litigation firm, Harvey Siskind Jacobs LLP, Mark developed a reputation as a litigator whose trial experience was both broad and deep. It covered cases involving trade secret theft, unfair competition and other business torts, contract disputes, products liability, toxic injury claims, investment fraud, and professional negligence.

Mark studied philosophy at Cornell University, before earning his law degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings, he served as Articles Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. He studied jurisprudence at The London School of Economics and Political Science, where he wrote on the implications of linguistic theory, philosophy of language, and epistemology on the development of the common law. While at tiny Tahoe-Truckee High School, he was an elite ski racer, a member of the California and Nevada Bi-State Champion Alpine Ski Team, and could barely imagine a life beyond the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Mark essays on culture, politics, food, and service can be found at memestream.