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Aaron Lieberman is an Arizona native and experienced social entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success in scaling organizations in the social sector. Aaron founded Jumpstart out of his college dorm room at Yale. After graduation, while getting Jumpstart off the ground, Aaron started his career as a Head Start teacher in Boston. Aaron then led Jumpstart as its founding CEO for seven years. To date, over 50,000 college students have served as Jumpstart Corps members, earning over $200 million in college scholarships through AmeriCorps, while working with over 100,000 young children.

In 2002, Aaron founded Acelero Learning, a company focused on closing the achievement gap for Head Start children and families. Children enrolled in Acelero Learning’s Head Start program make gains at nearly three times the national average. Through its second business unit, Shine Early Learning, Acelero Learning helps other early childhood providers use its best practices and tools. Today, Acelero Learning has over $100M in annual revenue, employs over 2000 staff, and directly impacts 30,000+ low-income young children. Aaron served as CEO until 2015 when he transitioned into the role of chairman. In 2022, Aaron helped oversee the process of selling Acelero Learning to a group of investors led by the Blackrock Impact Opportunity Fund.

In 2017, Aaron joined New Profit, a pioneering venture-philanthropy firm, as a part-time Partner leadings its early childhood work. In this capacity, he has helped raise $18 million to fund a public-private partnership in the State of Massachusetts to support the implementation of new evidence-based models of training and technical assistance.

In 2018, Aaron ran for and won a seat in the Arizona State House, representing Legislative District 28 where he both grew up and now lives with his wife Jamie and their two boys (his daughter is currently living abroad). As a first-time political candidate, he knocked over 5000 doors and raised more money to support his campaign than any other State House candidate (challenger or incumbent). He was re-elected in 2020 and served on the education, appropriations, and natural resources committees.

In 2022, after a spectacularly unsuccessful for Governor of Arizona, Aaron founded Buzze, a company focused on helping get 1 million new EVs on the road through shared home electric car charging.

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