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Jarrod Schwartz - Fielding Graduate University. Santa Barbara, CA, US

Jarrod Schwartz

Associate Faculty - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA, UNITED STATES

Jarrod is an educator and consultant dedicated to advancing equity and justice through an OD lens to catalyze complex systems change.



Jarrod Schwartz is an educator and consultant with 30 years of experience working with schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, government, and communities. Jarrod’s unique approach draws upon the fields of social justice and organization development to foster inclusive, multi-stakeholder processes that result in community and social change. He is the founding Executive Director of Just Communities Central Coast – a non-profit social justice organization that works to ensure every school, workplace and community in California’s Central Coast is a place of opportunity, not a place of limitation. In the late 1990’s, as the Program Director for The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Jarrod directed a comprehensive community change initiative to address racial inequality in education and community leadership in St. Louis, MO. In 2001, Jarrod was invited to California to launch a new NCCJ office to serve the communities of the Central Coast. In 2007, this organization became Just Communities. Jarrod holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from American University and the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. He is an Associate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, an Adjunct Faculty Member for Antioch University’s Masters of Arts in Education program. He has served on numerous local and national nonprofit boards. His personal and professional mission is to foster social justice and build community through transformative educational experiences for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. Jarrod is the proud father of twin girls – Sydney Michelle and Alix Peyton.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Non-Profit Leadership

Social Justic and Equity

Organizarional Change

Organization Development

Community Leadership

Education (2)

American University / National Training Laboratories (NTL) Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences: MS, Organization Development 1999

Washington University,: BA 1993

Affiliations (3)

  • A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems : Associate, 2003 - Present
  • GREX Center for the Study of Authority Dynamics of Social Systems : Member, 2003 - Present
  • American University/NTL Alumni Association : Member, 1999 - Present