On July 1, 2014, Jason Patent joined I-House as Director of the Center for Intercultural Leadership and I-House Chief of Operations. Together these new positions will enhance how programs and services are delivered to I-House residents, and will help build bridges to the UC Berkeley campus and beyond. Hans Giesecke says “Jason brings a wealth of academic, corporate and non-profit experience to this role and we are fortunate he has in-depth higher education service, scholarly credentials and broad in-country experience in his background as well.”
Jason has an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard, a Master’s degree in the same field from Stanford University, and he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Jason is known for his ability to teach and to find practical uses for theoretical concepts. He is committed to using his skills and experiences to foster understanding and successful collaboration among international populations. His previous professional roles include: American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director, Beijing Center, Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program; Consultant at Gap International; Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc.