Chief Impact Officer
In October 2020, Jack Ross rejoined the Florida Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) team as the Chief Impact Officer, where he is responsible for connecting FIBA companies with accredited investors, as well as for developing a FIBA venture fund for direct investment into FIBA portfolio companies. Jack previously served as FIBA’s Executive Director in 2016-17 before he transitioned to lead one of FIBA’s inaugural companies, StemRad.
From 2017 – 2020, Jack led the operations of StemRad, as its V.P. of North America and then as Chief Operating Officer. In addition to establishing and managing StemRad’s U.S. subsidiary, Ross led a national awareness campaign regarding the company’s proprietary radiation protection technology among key industry and public sector constituents. Ross also played an integral role in raising a six-million-dollar investment round led by Tampa Bay Lightning Chairman and Governor, Jeff Vinik.
From 2012-2016, Jack served as the Executive Director of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers [JCCs] in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Project Director for development of the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center; a $30 million-dollar state-of-the art community, athletic, aquatics, cultural arts and early childhood education complex which opened December 2016.
Jack has also been an Entrepreneur involved with developing businesses in both the United States and in the State of Israel. In addition, Jack is currently a partner within a commercial real estate company, which owns and manages commercial properties. Jack is an Attorney licensed in Florida, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He was previously employed as an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Cohen & Foster, P.A. in Tampa, Florida, with the law firm of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., in Rockville, Maryland, and as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland.
From 1993-1996, Jack served as Academic Liaison under Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. In the summer of 1998, Jack served as a Volunteer Foreign Law Clerk to the President of the Supreme Court for the State of Israel in Jerusalem, Justice Aharon Barak.
Jack has also served in various other capacities within Tampa Bay area community organizations including as the former Tampa co-chair and member of the National Executive Committee for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC]; as a former Member of the Board and Vice President of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation; as the former Tampa chair for Israel Bonds; as a current member of the advisory board of the Tampa area Jewish National Fund [JNF]; and as the current co-chair of the Tampa-Ashdod Committee on the board for Tampa Sister Cities Committee, Inc.
Jack earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC, as well as a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington, DC.