Jake was born in Ouzinkie and lived and worked in the village until his junior year in high school. He graduated from Kodiak High School in 1992 and then went on to Oregon State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Performance in 1997.
After college, he traveled the world a bit but then moved back to Alaska and pursued a career in the physical therapy field. He later found that his passion was in construction, so he made a career change and became the General Manager of two Alaska Native 8(a) subsidiaries and later the Vice President in charge of managing several companies performing federal government construction contracts.
He now resides in Anchorage, Alaska and is self-employed, running his own companies that manage and fund real estate developments throughout Alaska.