As a first-generation college student from Baltimore, MD, Jordan was fascinated by the complexities of US education. It was his high school and college teachers that empowered him to carry that curiosity - along with his uncanny ability to inspire others through speech - into a professional career dedicated to improving schooling. This mentorship helped him realize that his storytelling and servant leadership could spark educational transformation and positively impact students who faced the challenges that he once did.
After becoming a state champion speaker and national finalist through Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Jordan founded JD Speaks. Still a teen, Jordan had established a platform that lead to speaking engagements at conferences where he addressed and learned from students and educators about how to improve education. He soon developed expertise around career navigation, college readiness, intercultural dialogue, storytelling, and teaching, a combination that makes him dynamic and relatable to many audiences.
Today, Jordan's signature message focuses on the concept of design thinking - getting students and professionals to see themselves as not restricted by narrow definitions of academic and career "success", but instead liberated by their ability to design a professional career filled with fulfillment and impact. Jordan teaches students how to operate at the intersection of their skills, joys, and professional interests. He's found that this clarity through creativity leads helps student achieve academic success, improved mental health, and a more meaningful relationships.
Jordan has a B.A. in Communication from McDaniel College. At Georgetown University, he serves as an education technology instructor, faculty developer, and is finishing his M.A. in Georgetown's Learning, Design, and Technology program. He's also a self-proclaimed home chef, musician, former college athlete, and pancake enthusiast.