Jack Avery -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Jack has lived in several states and held various positions in both politics and private industry. Beginning when he left his home for undergraduate studies at DePauw University in Indiana, Jack obtained a degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. During his experiences as an undergrad, Jack had the opportunity to intern for U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cementing in him a passion for civil service. Following graduation, Jack entered into the Teach for America program and taught English/Language Arts in an under performing and economically challenged school in Charlotte, NC. After fulfilling his commitment to the program, Jack relocated to Fayetteville, AR to pursue a career in private industry and has called that city home since. While in Arkansas Jack got engaged with the local Republican Party and served as county party secretary and state committeeman. In 2009 he was elected to serve as the national committeeman for the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans and then elected state chairman in 2011. During his two-term tenure as state chairman, Jack grew the organization annually over 100%, hosted Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin to a Reagan Day Dinner that grossed over $50,000. Through the organization, Jack was able to partner with the local NBC affiliates to host the first statewide televised primary debates for the Gubernatorial, Congressional District 2 and 4, as well as Attorney General offices in 2014. Following his time as chairman of the Young Republicans, Jack was honored to receive a Gubernatorial appointment to serve on the State Board of Private Career Education overseeing all for-profit educational certificate programs in Arkansas. He also serves as chairman for a local arts charity called the Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum whose focus is to elevate the fashion industry in Northwest Arkansas. Professionally, Jack currently serves as the Director of Sales over the coffee portfolio at Sam's Club for the J.M. Smucker Company. Serves currently as the chairmen for the Tusk Club, which is a donor organization for the Republican Party of Arkansas that supports the yearly operations budget for the state party. He still lives in Fayetteville with his dog, Rhody.

Jack Avery