Chris Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Communally, a mission-driven Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corp that combines technology and public policy with a commitment to community outreach to deliver practical solutions to the complex problems of poverty — moving households from Crisis to Choice. In Philadelphia, as well as throughout Pennsylvania, and multiple other cities and states, Communally provides a set of web-based services that enable outreach partners to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families stabilize through enhanced access to federal, state and local work and income supports, grow by obtaining assistance in job preparedness, and build and manage the resulting financial assets.
Communally was one of the first 10 companies to register as a Benefit Corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is an active contributor to the new Philly B Local. Communally is proud to have been recognized in B Lab’s 2013 and 2016 lists of the “Best for the World.” Internally and externally, Communally works to ensure that “sustainability” encompasses the economic needs of low-income urban and rural communities, the equitable capital requirements of social impact companies, and the recognition that workers must balance effort with replenishment to avoid burnout.
Chris served on the Technology Leadership Group for Mayor Rendell’s Private Sector Task Force on Management & Productivity, served on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Board, and spent several years as a Portfolio Manager for Ben Franklin Technology Partners. He was elected to and served as a member of the National Executive Committee of a UK labor union and has acted as a campaign manager and/or field director for over 20 political campaigns in the UK and PA. Chris has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wolverhampton (U.K.).