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This profile was last updated on 1/18/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's degree , Nonprofit Management
    The University of San Diego
  • B.S. degree , Marketing Management
    University of Maryland
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Web References
HeadNorth, 18 Jan 2014 [cached]
Paul Jacobson, Secretary
HeadNorth :: Board of Directors, 11 May 2012 [cached]
Paul Jacobson Secretary SCI Champion
Headnorth Foundation | San Diego, California | Support & Guidance for Spinal Cord Injury, Championing a cure for paralysis, 9 Feb 2010 [cached]
Paul Jacobson
Paul Jacobson
On November 5, 2003, while leaving work, Mr. Jacobson was involved in a tragic car collision. In an instant, his life was changed forever. Among his many injuries, he sustained a severe spinal cord injury, leaving him a quadriplegic.
As an accomplished E-Marketing professional and Internet Marketing Instructor, Mr. Jacobson now spends his time retraining his body in hopes of regaining strength and independence. During his recovery, he discovered that he was part of an underserved population whose fundamental needs were not being met by social service or nonprofit agencies. Mr. Jacobson's experiences have made clear that providing those with SCI the tools, financial resources, and information to support them in those critical first months is the best way to ensure their long-term independence.
Today, Mr. Jacobson's energies are focused on rehabilitation and helping others as they begin the long and challenging process of recovery. In addition, he is pursuing a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management at the University of San Diego.
Mr. Jacobson also possesses a B.S. degree in Marketing Management from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. specializing in Organizational Behavior and Development from the University of Bridgeport.
Mr. Jacobson received the Eagle Spirit Award for Community Service in 2009. He is a 'Big Brother' mentor and represents Think First in advocating injury prevention in the San Diego County school system.
Mr. Jacobson became a member of the HeadNorth Board in November, 2007.
Headnorth Foundation | San Diego, California | Support & Guidance for Spinal Cord Injury, Championing a cure for paralysis, 9 Feb 2010 [cached]
(Pictured are Jose and his 2 daughter with Paul Jacobson and Joey Straza from HeadNorth)
HeadNorth board member, Paul Jacobson, delivers a much appreciated $1,000 'Response One' grant check to accomplished rock climber and single father of three, Micah Retz, 29, just four weeks after sustaining a life-altering spinal cord injury.
The HeadNorth Foundation's Board member, Paul Jacobson, proudly presents a check for $1,000 to Patricio and Iris Juarez to help with their immediate financial needs.
Randal Schober and Paul Jacobson presented my wife and me with a $1000 check on behalf of HeadNorth.
After I left rehab, I stayed in contact with Paul, he informed me of all the ways HeadNorth could still help me out. I was astonished that HeadNorth really cared, being that I'm not the only case in their file.
Thanks to HeadNorth I was able to meet Paul Jacobson and ask him any questions that I have.
Two months after my accident I met Paul Jacobson. He is a tireless SCI advocate with a positive energy that grabs the attention of everyone within twenty feet. I've been running into him and his name for two and half years.
I decided to ask for the help he has always offered.
Paul Jacobson, 45, will receive ... [cached]
Paul Jacobson, 45, will receive the 2009 "Victories of Spirit" Award from the Sharp Healthcare Foundation on Friday, June 5.
"If you're driving along the back area near Costco in Poway, some of the stop signs blink. Have you ever noticed that? Well they blink because of me," he said.
Paul Jacobson was referring to the solar-powered, enhanced visibility stop signs that were installed after an accident that radically changed his life five years ago.
It was a November afternoon in 2003. He had left work early to go to the dentist.
"Sometimes the dentist isn't always so bad," he said in retrospect.
He was driving his Acura TL sedan when "a girl who was lost drove through a stop sign and hit me on the passenger side and knocked me off the road into a ditch.
"They'd say, 'Things aren't always going to be this way, Paul. One day, you'll even to able to drive again.' And, I thought, 'What are you crazy? I can hardly move, much less drive,'" said Jacobson. "And, of course, now I'm driving."
He has put 47,000 miles on his handicap-customized Ford E- 350 van during the past three years, including a couple of trips to Vegas to try his luck at the Black Jack tables and an adaptive ski trip to Colorado.
Being able to drive, he said, has given him a freedom and independence that he cherishes.
"If you were to take away the van, that's the one thing that would really bug me," he said. "I like to get out there."
Today, the 45-year-old Jacobson conducts his busy life from a power chair and his van, dedicating much of his time to mentoring and supporting newly-injured spinal cord patients.
In recognition of his inspirational overcoming of a catastrophic injury and giving back to the community, on Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m., Jacobson will be among four honorees who will receive 2009 "Victories of Spirit" Awards from the Sharp HealthCare Foundation at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
We interviewed Jacobson at his three-bedroom, one level home where he lives with his companion dog, Gigi, a 140-pound, tan-colored Great Dane.
"She's not a service dog," Jacobson said. "I'm her service person basically. I walk her and stare at her. People love her."
And she loves hanging out, sunning herself on the grass in Jacobson's backyard, and trotting beside him tethered to his motorized wheelchair on their 8-mile-an-hour "walks" around the hilly Santaluz gated golf community.
If they ever make a movie about Jacobson, Adam Sandler would be a natural.
Paul Jacobson (Photo by Jon Clark)
Paul Jacobson (Photo by Jon Clark)
Jacobson was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He was the middle child in a family of three children. His dad owned and operated electrical contracting business that was started in the 1930s by Paul's grandfather.
He earned a B.S. in marketing management from University of Maryland in 1987; an MBA from University of Bridgeport in 1990, and launched his Internet marketing career with companies in Connecticut before being recruited in 1997 by Road Runner Sports, the running shoes and apparel company headquartered in San Diego.
Recounting his injury experience, he said; "You get comfortable in the hospital. If you push a button, a nurse comes running," he said. Afterwards, his life became more challenging.
Since his discharge from Sharp's inpatient center, Jacobson has served on the boards of two foundations to aid spinal cord injured patients. He is currently on the board of the HeadNorth Foundation.
"HeadNorth is an organization that helps folks here in San Diego County by giving grants to individuals with spinal cord injuries," he said.
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