36 Under 36: Jacob Smith

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Jacob Smith, 28, of Detroit is head of business development for Castle Detroit, helping rental property owners manage their properties and be smarter investors. Jacob has worked for a number of startup organizations in the city of Detroit. Through creating programs, volunteering on various organization boards and finding ways to bring different communities together, Jacob is both a leader and innovator. He serves on the NEXTGen Detroit board and has worked to bring programming to the Holocaust Memorial Center that appeals to young adults. He brought in noted speaker, social entrepreneur and grandchild of Holocaust survivors Adam Braun for an incredibly successful event last year. He also is involved with The Well and helped put on an event Downtown this past spring focusing on the issue of mass incarceration in the U.S. By virtue of his passion for giving back to the Jewish community, and pushing it to have uncomfortable conversations, Jacob truly exemplifies Jewish values.

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