Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

JASON G. GREEN

Co-Founder, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
SkillSmart Inc.

green-jason-mf-6289During his teenage years, Jason G. Green was talking with his dad one day over how he had been feeling. His dad imparted “Perfection is unattainable, but it is the quest for it that makes life worth living.”

Green took the first part to mean that we are all imperfect, but the second half is what truly inspired him.

“With my imperfection, I can make this world a better place for other people,” he said. “That gives me purpose. I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to have the energy and the care and the determination and in so doing can make this world somewhat better and easier and more fulfilling for someone else and that drives me.”

Earning a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, Green served as special assistant to the president and associate counsel to the president in the Obama administration. He had previously worked as national voter registration director for Obama For America.

Green has had the entrepreneurial spirit since the age of 10 when he and his best friend started a trash and recycling collection service. “I grew up in a community where there was an expectation that you should play a role in the outcome,” he said.

In 2013, he founded the Germantown-based SkillSmart Inc., a growing technology startup designed to help people know and realize their potential by creating new avenues for employment.

“This is all about job seekers understanding the power of their experiences,” he said. “What people don’t understand is how one experience has given them skill sets that could qualify them for a new opportunity. … It is very much about people seeing themselves in a different way and seeing where those unique experiences can take them.”

He recently completed the documentary “Finding Fellowship” exploring how three racially segregated churches merged in 1968 in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Green’s grandmother was a member of one of the churches.

Green noted the documentary felt relevant to where we are as a country today. Some say the country has not felt so divided since that time frame.

“I thought it was important to tell stories from 1968 that shows the capacity and the possibility of coming together if we are truly dedicated and intentional about it,” he said.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.