Jacob Colker

Jacob Colker 2009 Global Fellow


Public Service & Civic Engagement


North America, United States


Jacob Colker 2009 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Revolutionize the way community organizations utilize volunteer resources and engage a new generation of volunteers through meaningful “micro volunteer” opportunities by leveraging the latest technological advancements, such as smartphones.

The Sparked team works with scientists, doctors, journalists, nonprofits, associations, community organizations, and government agencies to design volunteer opportunities, breaking complex projects into small tasks that can be accomplished by a large number of people in a small amount of time. They then create a software tool that enables volunteers to complete specific tasks using smart phones and work with their clients to market the opportunities and recruit volunteers.

Jacob Colker is Co-Founder and CEO of Sparked.com, which allows busy professionals to use their skills in creative design, marketing, strategy, media relations, tech, and more, to help nonprofits around the world solve challenges. Jacob is a recognized leader in political activism and issue advocacy, and a leading voice in the use of technology for community engagement. He has managed political campaigns in California, Illinois, and Maryland, and he was one of the first field directors in the country to leverage Facebook in a major political campaign to win a statewide election. Jacob has also managed issue advocacy campaigns for The International Campaign for Tibet, The 1Sky Campaign, and other non-governmental organizations, both in the U.S. and around the world.