As President and Chief Executive Officer of ACCESS, Hassan Jaber has helped grow the organization from a small group of volunteers, to one with over 100 programs at 11 locations today, which includes three national institutions, all serving communities of all backgrounds.
ACCESS is one of the nation’s most impactful and prolific Arab American community nonprofit organization. It has strengthened communities and established institutions with a focus on community empowerment, at both local and national levels. Based in the Detroit area, ACCESS transitions people from being service recipients to fully engaged citizens able to advance justice and equity. 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.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director in 2007, Hassan was thePresident and Chief Executive Officer at ACCESS for 27 years.
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 enrolled at Harvard Business School’s executive education program and completed its course in “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.” In 2016, he completed a course at the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive education program called “Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance”.
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: U.S. Census; United Way for Southeastern Michigan; Henry Ford Hospital & Health Network; Detroit Zoological Society; New Detroit; American Arab Chamber of Commerce; and the 2020 Michigan Nonprofit Complete Count Committee.