JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

National Organization

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a private non-profit corporation chartered in Delaware in 1980 with tax-exemption as a 501(c)( 3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.  The first Chairman of the Board was Governor Pete du Pont and the President and Chief Executive Officer was Kenneth M. Smith who has led the national organization since 1980.  The JAG National Board of Directors is comprised of a cross-section of JAG stakeholders from elected state officials, government, corporations, community-based organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, professional associations, and employers.  It is believed that JAG is unique among private non-profit corporations since current and former governors serve on the JAG Board of Directors.

The current chairman of the board is The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware.  The Honorable Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas, and The Honorable Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana are the current Vice Chairs of the Board. The Chair of the Executive Committee is Thomas J. Tauke, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon Communications.

The Chairs of the JAG Board of Directors since 1980 include:

 

1980-1985

The Honorable Pete du Pont, Governor of Delaware

 

1986-1989

The Honorable Charles S. Robb, Governor Virginia

 

1990-1995

The Honorable John R. McKernan, Jr., Governor of Maine

 

1996-1998

The Honorable George V. Voinovich, Governor of Ohio

 

1998-2002

The Honorable Marc Racicot, Governor of Montana

 

2002-2003

Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Author and Speaker

 

2003

The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Governor of Iowa

 

2004-2006

The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona

 

2007-2010

The Honorable John E. Baldacci, Governor of Maine

 

2011-Current

The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware