Jabes Rojas, MBA MSc
Deputy Chief for Access & Opportunity and Community Affairs — Office of the Governor of Massachusetts
Jabes was appointed in early 2015 by Governor Baker to serve as Deputy Chief for Access & Opportunity as part of the Governor’s Office senior team. In this capacity, Jabes leads the strategic diversity efforts on personnel and procurement for the Commonwealth. In early 2017, Governor Baker expanded Jabes’ scope of responsibilities to include Community Affairs.
Jabes has a record of establishing and growing innovative, win-win partnerships between major employers, leading nonprofits, and government institutions while convening the investments of millions of dollars towards these partnership ventures. He has a record of success leading and collaborating with teams that achieve results in dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative settings that serve multiple stakeholders.
Previously, Jabes held various senior management roles at Year Up and ALPFA, where he led both organizations’ transformational revenue growth in millions of dollars, increased the engagement with Fortune 1000 companies, and expanded the outcome-based efforts of these premier national organizations. He started his career at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and John Hancock Financial Services, where he held various roles of increasing responsibility while managing a portfolio of millions in corporate grants, sponsorships, employee matching gifts, employee volunteerism programs, and workforce diversity.
Jabes holds an MBA from Boston College; a Masters of Science in Policy, Planning, and Finance from the London School of Economic; and a Bachelors from Brandeis University. He is an active alumnus of the Next Generation Executive and the Fellows programs from The Partnership Inc., as well as the Emerging Leaders program from UMass Boston. He has served in leadership roles on boards, such as Conexion, The City School, ALPFA, and Ecologic.
Jabes is a childhood immigrant from Guatemala to Boston and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools.