Jake moved to Houston in 2008 to work on a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Rice University where he focused on understanding offshore freshwater emplacement during glaciations. He now works as an exploration geophysicist for BP America, where he also leads BP’s nation LGBTQ employee resource group. The group is tasked with improving LGBTQ workplace benefits and educating staff on LGBTQ workplace issues across the US. Locally, he is on the Houston Mayor’s LGBTQ advisory board and nationally he is the Vice-Chair of the AAPG student expo committee. On a more personal level, Jake enjoys cooking from scratch and entertaining. He is an amateur artist and enthusiast for classic movies.
“My first memory of Pride was in Houston circa 2009. After recently moving to Texas, I was a bit nervous about exploring the city’s “gay” scene and how accepted it was. I went with several friends from school to witness what I thought was one of the best Pride’s I had seen yet. I was so happy to see there were families with small kids, dozens of advocacy and social justice groups, and fortune 500 companies. It was incredibly important and reassuring for me, particularly as a new resident of Houston, to see that the city and the people were supportive, inclusive, and full of Pride!”