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Jacobs Family Foundation
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: (619) 527-6161
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About Us : History and Leadership

Board of Directors

Joseph “Joe” J. Jacobs, Ph.D.

(In Memoriam)

The late Dr. Joe, who passed away on October 23, 2004, was the founder and director emeritus of the Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

He was chairman of the board of Jacobs Engineering Group, an international engineering and construction firm with approximately 35,000 employees. He developed the firm from a one-man consultancy in 1947 to its present status as a public company with revenues close to $11 billion.

Inducted into the National Academy of Engineers, Joe had a distinguished career both in engineering and in humanitarian achievements, including winning the United Nations World Citizen Award in 1996.

He served on many boards of directors and worked actively toward peace in the Middle East. Joe was author of The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur: Family, Culture and Ethics and The Compassionate Conservative: Seeking Responsibility and Human Dignity.

Joe held a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Polytechnic University.

Violet “Vi” Jabara Jacobs

(In Memoriam)
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The late Vi Jacobs, who passed away on January 12, 2015 was the co-founder and board member emeritus of the Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

She began her career in advertising. She was an active partner in launching the Jacobs Engineering Group, working alongside her husband, Joe, in the companyís start-up years.

During her daughtersí school years, she became involved in the PTA and actively raised money to strengthen education. She has served as a volunteer for the American Friends Service Committee, the Huntington Hospital, and Meals on Wheels, and as secretary for the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Vi was a worldwide traveler and an advocate for economic and educational development in her parentsí homeland of Lebanon.

Vi held a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Wellesley College.

Margaret “Meg” E. Jacobs

(In Memoriam)

The late Meg Jacobs, who passed away on Febuary 8, 2012 was the eldest daughter of Joe and Vi Jacobs. Meg spent many years in the field of social work, with a diverse health and human services background that includes work with youth, families, and victims of domestic violence. Fluent in Spanish, she was a strong advocate for the expansion of community-based social services for Spanish-speaking clients. She has provided home-based services to at-risk families in a child abuse and delinquency prevention program, and has assisted in the writing of a new parent education curriculum for Californiaís schools.

Meg served as the Jacobs Family Foundationís first director, spearheading the Foundationís support of micro-enterprise development as a strategy for assisting families in gaining self-sufficiency. She continued to be an active participant in the Foundationís neighborhood strengthening efforts as a member of the grants team. She also assisted in hosting site visits for foundations and organizations studying Market Creek Plaza as an example of hometown philanthropy.

Meg held a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American civilization from Brown University, and a Masterís degree in social work from San Diego State University.

Andrew Hapke


Grandson of the founders and son of Valerie and Norm, Andrew Hapke is the first in the third generation to hold the seat as Board Chair of the Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Andrewís work has focused on identifying innovations in the private and social sectors, and translating them into viable solutions to entrenched problems. After graduating from college, he spent a year in an Americorps volunteer role with ACCION San Diego, a non-profit organization that assists underserved entrepreneurs through micro-lending. Andrew also worked in India with a social enterprise that connects rural villages with mainstream markets. Specifically, he helped conceptualize, pilot, and launch an innovative micro-finance program that supports budding entrepreneurs in villages across Northern India. After completing a Masters in Business Administration at the Yale School of Management, Andrew founded a crowd funding technology start up in New York City.

Andrew currently works for Etsy as a Senior Product Marketing Manager.

Valerie Jacobs Hapke

Vice Chair

Valerie is a board member of the Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Valerie is the founder of Valerie Jacobs Consulting, dedicated to providing direct consultation support to individual philanthropists and family foundations. In addition, Valerie is a nationally –known speaker and has created a series of workshops for women of wealth and wealthy families dealing with both philanthropy and family dynamics.

She has been a licensed psychotherapist since 1979, specializing in the effects of wealth on relationships and personal well–being, and has worked in the field of philanthropy since 1994.

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters of Education degree from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Valerie is married to Norm Hapke, and they have two children.

Norman “Norm” F.
Hapke, Jr.


Norm is a board member of the Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Norm spent nine years as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer, first serving as an infantry officer in Vietnam and then as a naval aviator flying worldwide transport and refueling missions. After leaving the Marine Corps, Norm entered commercial aviation and served as a captain with America West Airlines until his retirement in 2005.

Norm has a strong interest in public policy issues and is an advocate of self-help community change strategies and school reform. His priority is helping JCNI and the JFF develop the expertise and experience to find and nurture the best programs that break cycles of economic dependency.

Norm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in naval science from the U.S. Naval Academy. Norm is married to Valerie Jacobs Hapke, and they have two children.

Claire Hapke


Claire grew up watching the work of her grandparents and parents in what would become The Village at Market Creek. Her passion for learning about new cultures and appreciation for what residents have done together have led her to join the board of the family's foundation. As the third generation of the Jacobs family, the foundation will sunset in 2030 under the leadership of Claire, her brother Andrew, and the rest of the family, leaving the assets created in The Village firmly in resident ownership.

An art history graduate from Boston University, Claire previously taught English and culture to students in Barcelona, Spain.

Currently, Claire is pursuing a Masters and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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