Joe JacobsonJoe Jacobson
Division Director

Division of Economic Development

Joe Jacobson Bio

Joe Jacobson has served as the Director of the Division of Economic Development since 2013. He is a member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board and is experienced in marketing, business development, international relations, and economic development. Previously, he was the International Program Director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, overseeing Alaska’s international seafood marketing efforts across 21 countries. Additional experience includes working in the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing and owning his own business. Joe holds a B.A. in Outdoor Studies from Alaska Pacific University and a M.A. in International Relations at the City College of New York. He has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.