Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
--Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Advisory Board Member
June 29, 2022
A Little About Jake
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” These were the words of the beloved and departed but not forgotten, John Lewis. What a simple commandment; you have to do something. Mr. Lewis’s sentiment, his command, has been lived out in Jake Reed. Jake is a good, honest man who has dedicated much of his life to serving others. Southeastern Diversity Project is so very proud to have him as an Advisor.
A native of north Alabama, and having grown up in Lawrence County, Jake studied management and marketing at the University of North Alabama and Middle Tennessee State University. After more than seven years of working on the corporate side of Nashville’s restaurant scene, he came back to north Alabama and opened two successful eateries in Decatur and Huntsville. Jake retired his apron to help families in the world of real estate.
Jake knows the importance of being an active member of the community and giving back. He has served on committees for the Princess Theatre, River Clay Arts Festival, Carnegie Carnival, and No Kid Hungry. He currently lives in Courtland with his partner and their dogs, Biscuit, Ollie, and Brody.