Jack Kammer, Director
Jack Kammer, Director SAFETY
Mission and Vision SAFETY
Jack Kammer, MSW, MBA
When Jack Kammer
was a young boy he
often heard the left-handed "compliment" that paralleled the one heard by girls who were good at sports (or math), namely "You're really good at sports (or math)… for a girl.
What Jack heard was "You're really good with babies… for a boy.
understood intuitively that the real message was that boys weren't supposed to be good with babies, that babies were squarely in female territory.
didn't let that stop him.
never forgot that first brush with sexism.
From 1983 to 1989, Jack
produced and hosted a weekly talk radio show in Baltimore called "In a Man's Shoes" to examine gender issues from a male point of view.
In 1994, Jack published Good Will Toward Men (New York: St. Martin's Press), a book of interviews with twenty-two accomplished women who wanted to talk not just about how sexism affects women, but how it impacts men as well and contributes to injustice and social problems.
In 2005, convinced of how vitally important it is to fully consider the progressive male perspective on social issues, Jack left his "day job" as an I.T. analyst and trainer in Washington DC and went back to school in a dual-Masters MSW/MBA program at the University of Maryland.
field work was in a community agency in Baltimore's inner city and at Goodwill Industries
in downtown Baltimore.
After graduation he worked for a year as a Correctional Officer (AKA "jail guard") at the Baltimore City Detention Center, and then another year as a Parole & Probation agent in central Baltimore. (He says he wanted to focus not on the men in the Fortune 500, but on those in the Misfortune 5,000,000.) He then served for a year as a trainer and consultant for the National Fatherhood Initiative.
was a presenter at the two National Conferences on Social Work With and For Men in 2008 and 2009.
has presented CEU workshops on issues related to men and gender at the NASW-New Mexico Annual Conference in 2010, the NASW-North Carolina Annual Conference in 2011 and the Annual Conference on Healthy Attachments in West Virginia in 2013.
In 2012 Jack
received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from his
social work Alma Mater.
In 2013 he created Working Well With Men (workingwellwithmen.com), a social services and social policy training and consulting firm assisting social workers and other helping professionals in their work with men.
It offers online and in-person CEU courses and in-service trainings, strategy and program design consulting, an online survey for gauging staff opinions and attitudes about working with men, and conference presentations and addresses.
Also in 2013, Jack
was married for the first time.
is happily the husband of Claire Fraser, a prominent genome scientist.
They have no children and Jack
says, not entirely facetiously, that he
therefore consider all kids, in a way, to be his