As President & Chief Executive Officer of ACCESS, Hassan Jaber has helped grow the organization from a small group of volunteers, to one with over 120 programs at 10 locations today, which includes three national institutions, serving communities of all backgrounds. Hassan has given 41 years of service to ACCESS, including 14 years as President and CEO.
ACCESS is one of the nation’s most impactful and prolific Arab American community nonprofit organization. It has strengthened communities of all backgrounds and established institutions with a focus on community empowerment, at both local and national levels. The approximately 120 human services programs serve thousands of vulnerable individuals and families every day through health, education, employment and social services. However, ACCESS’ impact also extends far beyond a regional presence in southeast Michigan. Through its national institutions - Arab American National Museum, Center for Arab American Philanthropy and National Network for Arab American Communities - ACCESS leverages the power of Arab Americans in the arts, philanthropy and advocacy to advance social change on a national level.
Born in Lebanon, Hassan immigrated to the United States in 1977. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is a 2001 Leadership Detroit graduate. In 2014, Hassan completed training in “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” at Harvard Business School. In 2016, he completed training in “Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance” at Harvard Kennedy School. Hassan taught Arabic language and culture at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has also lectured on a range of topics related to Arab Americans, including immigration and civil rights issues. He contributes editorial opinion pieces in publications such as the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Huffington Post. Hassan is frequently interviewed by local and national media on these topics as well.
Hassan’s current board memberships include: United Way for Southeastern Michigan; Detroit Zoological Society; New Detroit; Detroit Institute of Arts; SEMCOG/MAC Economic Development Task Force; DTE Community Advisory Council; NIIAG (Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group); Economic and Community Development Leaders; Workforce Alliance; and Wayne State University President’s Community Advisory Group. Some of his previous appointments included the Henry Ford Hospital & Health Network; the U.S. Census National Community Advisory Board on Race and Ethnicity; State of Michigan 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee; 2020 Michigan Nonprofit Complete Count Committee; American Arab Chamber of Commerce; Culture Source; and University of Michigan-Dearborn Community Advisory Board.