Previously Associate Director of the Berkman Center in 2001-2002, Jake Shapiro is founding CEO of Public Radio Exchange (PRX Inc.) an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to harness technology to bring significant stories to millions of people.
Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media, pioneering new distribution models, developing mobile applications, and investing in significant stories and programs from new voices. PRX programs include The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, Snap Judgment, 99% Invisible and the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX is the recipient of Peabody and Webby Awards, as well as the Knight News Challenge, and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
In 2012 Jake lead PRX's founding of Matter Ventures – a for-profit startup accelerator for mission-driven media entrepreneurs. In 2010 Jake was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship, supporting his social entrepreneurship work in new media, and he remains on the Berkman Klein Center's Fellows Advisory Board. Jake is a frequent speaker at media and technology events and is an advisor and consultant to a variety of public media organizations, media funders, and Internet startups. He is also an independent musician and has recorded and performed on guitar and cello with numerous groups, most frequently with original rock band Two Ton Shoe. Jake lives near Boston with his wife and their three children.