Aaron Lieberman is an Arizona native and experienced social entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success. After attending public and private schools while growing up in LD28, Aaron founded Jumpstart, a national not-for-profit whose vision is to ensure that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed, out of his college dorm room at Yale.
After graduation, while getting Jumpstart off the ground, Aaron started his career as a Head Start teacher in Boston. Aaron then led Jumpstart as its founding CEO for seven years. To date, over 50,000 college students have served as Jumpstart Corps members, earning over $200 million in college scholarships through AmeriCorps, while working with over 100,000 young children
In 2002, Aaron founded Acelero Learning, a company focused on closing the achievement gap for Head Start children and families. Children enrolled in Acelero Learning’s Head Start program make gains at nearly three times the national average. In 2010, Aaron founded Shine Early Learning, Acelero Learning’s second business unit to help other early childhood providers use its best practices and tools. Today, Acelero Learning and Shine Early Learning have over $80 million in annual revenue, employ over 1800 staff, and directly impact 30,000+ low-income young children every week. Aaron served as CEO until 2015 when he transitioned into the role of chairman.
In 2015, Aaron returned home to Arizona to serve as CEO of Phoenix Spine, where he helped the company grow dramatically and eventually led the process of bringing in an outside investor. In 2017, Aaron joined New Profit, a pioneering venture-philanthropy firm, as a part-time Partner leading its early childhood work. In this capacity, he has helped design and implement a $20 million public-private partnership in the State of Massachusetts to support the implementation of new evidence-based models of training and technical assistance.
In 2018, Aaron ran for the Arizona State House representing Legislative District 28 where he both grew up and now lives with his wife Jamie and their two boys. (His daughter currently attends Yale University, although he tries to get her to come visit sunny Arizona every chance she gets)! As a first-time political candidate, Aaron knocked on over 5000 doors and raised more money to support his campaign than any other State House candidate (challenger or incumbent). He won by just over 2,000 votes -- out of 90,000 cast.
Aaron ran with the goal of bringing that same problem-solving perspective that has been a hallmark of his career in the private sector down to the Capitol. Since he got elected, he has worked with Democrats and Republicans to get things done to move the state forward. He has tackled everything from doubling the funding for teachers to get their STEM certification to making sure our seniors in LD28 can play Bingo in their community rooms. He serves on the Education and Appropriations committees.
WE NEED MORE COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS TO HELP MOVE ARIZONA FORWARD
What we can do
We can make Arizona’s educational system work for everyone
by ensuring both parties come together to get something done.