Jacob Ybarra earned a B.A. in Digital Technology and Cultures from Seattle University, where his studies focused on technology's historical and present-day effects on
underserved populations. His experience at Seattle University amplified and emphasized his appreciation of the importance of representation in research and design.
Jacob is currently earning his Master's degree at The University of Washington's School of Human-Centered Design and Engineering.
In this program, he is learning empathetic research and evaluation methods that best serve the whole person,
considering the biases often overlooked when researching resource-constrained communities.
Jacob is motivated to finding meaning in large amounts of data while advocating for individuals' unique needs without erasing their voices.
In the past, Jacob has served as a researcher for Trupanion, a local pet insurance company, and as a social media coordinator for the Seattle-based nonprofit, EchoX.
In his free time, Jacob enjoys cooking, watching movies, and going on hikes with his partner and their dogs.