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Jake Harriman

CEO, Nuru International


Jake Harriman graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven and a half years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. Jake’s experiences convinced him that the “War on Terror” wouldn’t be won on the battlefield alone; the contributing causes of terrorism – specifically extreme poverty – must also be eradicated. Jake left the military and enrolled at Stanford Graduate School of Business to found Nuru International. Since 2009, Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia have enabled over 100,000 people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Jake is a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2015.