Author: Jake Harriman

Founder — Jake Harriman is a United States Naval Academy graduate and former Force Recon Marine combat veteran who became convinced that the “War on Terror” can’t be won on the battlefield alone; the contributing causes of violent extremism–specifically extreme poverty–must also be eradicated. After transitioning out of the Marine Corps, Jake enrolled in the Stanford Graduate School of Business to found Nuru International in 2007 with a mission to eradicate extreme poverty in some of the most fragile regions of the world in order to help stop the spread of groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. Over the next twelve years, Jake and his team grew Nuru to become one of the premier organizations at the nexus of security and development - empowering over 130,000 people with lasting meaningful choices to permanently climb out of extreme poverty in some of the toughest places in the world.
Hope in Uncertain Times

Hope. I have been reflecting a lot lately on how absent this word has been from people’s mouths in recent days. The darkness of…

Moving from Mentor to Mentee

In March, I had an opportunity to head back to Nuru Kenya to work with Pauline a bit. As always, the goat paths,…

2016 Year in Review

Each year, as the year comes to an end, and we prepare for the year ahead, I carve out time to reflect on…

#MyMomIsStrongBecause… by Jake Harriman

#MyMomIsStrongBecause she never, ever gave up when things got hard. Not before, not now, not ever. One of my most vivid memories from…

2015 Year in Review

The world is wrestling with some very difficult challenges after this year. ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates are daily growing in strength…

Learning from President George H.W. Bush and his team: Top 10 Takeaways from Presidential Leadership Scholars Program—Session 5

Feature photo: The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where Presidential Leadership Scholars Program Session 5 was held. [Source: Texas A&M University] The…

An end and a new beginning: reflections on Nuru expat exit in Kenya

The sun was setting as I stood by the grave marker of the final resting place of my friend, brother, and Nuru Kenya…

Learning from President Johnson and his team: Top 10 Takeaways from Presidential Leadership Scholars Program—Session 4

Featured above: 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholars at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Photo credit: Grant Miller We finished up yet another…

Learning from President Bush and his team: Top 10 Takeaways from Presidential Leadership Scholars Program—Session 3

Feature photo: President Bush and former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, engaged in a candid Q&A with #PLScholars at Presidential Leadership Scholars Session…

Three Exciting Themes at Skoll World Forum 2015

2015 was the first year that Nuru International received an invitation to attend the Skoll World Forum. For me to attend was an…