Neil Jacobson is the founder and CEO of Abilicorp. He retired from Wells Fargo Bank after 29 years, retiring as Senior Vice President of System Automation Management and Wireless Technology Divisions.
In 1975 Neil co-founded the CIL Computer Training Program, a nationally recognized training program, enabling people with significant disabilities to become computer programmers. Now more than 28 other programs throughout the world now use the CIL Computer Training Program as their model. Neil also founded the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Data Processing, and helped create the Neil Jacobson Computer Center in Uganda.
Neil is a Board member and past Chair of the World Institute on Disability (WID). He was also the Vice-Chair of the President’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities under the Clinton Administration. He now co-chairs WID’s Center for Economic Growth (CEG)
Neil received a BS in Mathematics from Hofstra University and completed his MBA at Golden Gate University. Some awards he’s received include the Independence Award from CIL, the Murray Award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy, and Alumnae of the Year at Golden Gate University. In 1991, Neil was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
Aya Aghabi graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a BA in Development Studies. Aya is interested in work related to social and community development. During her time at Berkeley, Aya interned with several different organizations. In 2012, Aya interned with the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa office in their Sustainable Development department researching and reporting on urban development issues in Libya after the Arab Spring. In 2013, she interned with Save the Children in Amman, Jordan, assisting in enrolling Syrian refugees in the “Education For All” program. In addition, she interned with Happold Consulting providing research and analysis regarding poverty in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to aid in their design and implementation of the “Future Riyadh” project.
In January 2014, Aya joined the CareerACCESS core team as their Policy Analyst Intern and is now working as a consultant for Abilicorp.