Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Seattle Lighthouse

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Seattle Lighthouse

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George "Jake" Jacobson, who began working at the Seattle Lighthouse in 1968 and served as its chief executive officer and president for the past 28 years, retired on January 15, 2008. In a January 2008 message to supporters of the organization, Mr. Jacobson reflected,

   In my time here, I have had the opportunity to get to know hundreds
   of extraordinary people who have made the Lighthouse for the Blind
   what it is today.... I am grateful to have worked beside them.

When Mr. Jacobson joined the organization in 1968 as director of marketing, it had an annual budget of under $2 million and its operations focused on making textiles and handicrafts, in addition to a small aerospace manufacturing component. During his tenure, the textile work was discontinued and manufacture of hardware items was introduced, and, in 2007, the organization's budget surpassed $37.5 million in revenue, making it one of the 12 largest nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound area of Seattle, Washington. In 1979, when Mr. Jacobson stepped into the role of chief executive officer and president, his highest priority was ensuring that the organization was healthy and growing. …

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