Hassan Jaber is Executive Director of ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services). Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of ACCESS.
During his tenure, Jaber has helped transform ACCESS from a storefront organization into the largest Arab American organization in the country. He has been responsible for developing various social and legal programs, and administering the organization’s immigration and advocacy services. He is a major proponent for the advancement of ACCESS’ development in the departments of mental and community health, employment services and job training, and his avid support for ushering in the next generation has helped to expand ACCESS’ youth and education services. Mr. Jaber’s commitment and dedication has grown ACCESS into an organization that now provides more than 100 different economic and social service programs. Jaber’s roles at ACCESS vary from community and government relations, strategic planning and analysis, fund raising and developing and implementation of personnel policies. He now manages an operating budget of more than $17 million.
Born in Lebanon in 1956, Jaber immigrated to the United States in 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1987 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) in 1993, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is fluent in Arabic and English.
Jaber’s board memberships and affiliations include: the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network Board of Trustees; Arab American Institute, National Leadership Board; the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, which he co-founded in 1992; State of Michigan Commissioner, Quality Community Care Council; US-Arab Economic Forum, Steering Committee; University of Michigan Dearborn, Citizens Advisory Committee; New Detroit The Coalition, Board of Directors, Cultural Exchange Network Chair & Immigration Task Force Group Chair; 2008 Independent Sector Annual Conference Program Committee Member; 2009 Independent Sector Annual Conference Program Committee Member; 2009 Independent Sector Host Committee; Participating Member of the US-Belgium Cultural Crossing Project; Ford Foundation, Innovation Workshop on Engaging Unheard Voices in Foreign Policy Steering Committee; the Detroit Zoological Society; and most recently Dearborn Mayor O’Reilly’s Community Task Force.
Jaber is frequently interviewed by local and national media, including National Public Radio, the BBC, Newsweek, CNN, Fox 2 News, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, as a consultant on the Arab American community.
A lecturer and teacher, Jaber has taught Arabic language and culture at the University of Michigan Dearborn. In addition, he has lectured at various venues on topics including: “Factors of the Arab American Community in the Detroit Area,” “The Demographic Profile of Detroit’s Arab American Community,” “The Social and Economic Needs of Arab Americans in Detroit,” “Media and the Stereotyping of Arab Americans,” and “Conflicts in the Middle East.”