Jason R.L Wallace was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the Executive Director of the Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys in December of 2018. Wallace leads the vision for the agency to address the disparities that adversely impact men and boys of color in the District of Columbia. He ensures that through advocacy, community engagement and information sharing; a solution-oriented approach is developed that addresses the issues of fatherlessness, educational disparities, economic opportunity, health and well-being as well as rehabilitation and reintegration.
Prior to joining of The Mayor’s Office, Jason was the Director of Volunteer & Community Supports at Martha’s Table, where he led overall strategy as it relates to volunteer recruitment and retention for 18,000 volunteers. He also led its historic 14th street location while managing emergency supports programming that provided over 425,000 meals and 60,000 clothing items yearly for children, seniors, homeless, and economically disadvantaged residents.
Before joining Martha’s Table, he was the Founder and Executive Director of Community ONE, Inc., an experiential learning non-profit that exposes at-risk children to interesting careers by playing interactive games.
In 2008, he served in The White House under President George W. Bush in the Office of Freedom Corps which promoted volunteerism by encouraging people to answer The President’s Call to Service. He joined President Bush’s travel staff shortly thereafter where he remained until the end of the administration.
Soon after, he was appointed by President Barack H. Obama to create, plan, and execute detailed messaging trips on behalf of The President, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and HUD Secretaries Shaun Donovan and Julián Castro. Since his start in politics, he has traveled and worked in two presidential administrations, with seven presidential families, over 25 foreign leaders, CEOs, members of Congress, senators, governors, political candidates, celebrities, and more.
He has received his BA from Howard University and has had the honor of being awarded the “Key to the City” by the Mayor of his hometown, San Bernardino, CA, for his personal successes and dedication to community service.
During his free time, Jason enjoys volunteering, motivational speaking, and performing stand-up comedy. He lives in Ward 7’s Deanwood neighborhood with his lovely wife Theresa, newborn son Jackson, and dog Sadie.