Meet the Team: Jonathan Bishop


Jonathan serves as Engagement and Partnerships Manager for JPEF. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he now considers Jacksonville home. He is a proud product of Chicago Public Schools graduating from the prestigious Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.  Jonathan arrived in Jacksonville as a result of one of the first out-of-state recruitment efforts from the University of North Florida. Education has been a cornerstone of his life and career. 


After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, he began working as Coordinator of Minority Recruitment & Special Programs for UNF. It was in that role that his passion for community and connection flourished.  Jonathan has an extensive background in engagement having previously worked for Duval County Public Schools in the department of Community and Family Engagement, Junior Achievement, and the Ronald McDonald House. Most recently, he taught leadership at two DCPS schools with Elevate Jacksonville. 


Jonathan is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and proud father of two children. In his free time, he enjoys music, listening to NPR, and Krav Maga. He is excited to bring his energy and talent to JPEF.


Here's some more about Jonathan!

Tell us about yourself and how you came to JPEF.

I am an energetic and caring professional with a passion for education and community.  After previously working with DCPS and most recently teaching leadership in a local middle school, I wanted to work with an organization that has the reach to truly make an impact in the education space.   

Why does public education matter to you?

Public Education is a cornerstone to our society and foundational to thrive. 

What excites you about a position in engagement and partnerships?

I’m most excited about having the opportunity to serve as a bridge connecting the various stakeholders (parents, caregivers, business partners, and educators) and collaborating to work toward achieving success for all students.

Tell us about a teacher that impacted your life.

My fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Little, and my high school speech teacher, Mrs. Sharpe had the biggest impact on my life.  Mr. Little taught me about hard work. He helped me learn that if I put in good effort, I could expect good results.  Mrs. Sharpe taught me to always be confident and humble. 




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