Jake is originally from Philadelphia and graduated from West Chester University. He immediately began teaching social studies at the Parkway Program in Philadelphia. After six years he moved to Los Angeles and taught for twelve years at Aviva High School, a youth placement facility for at-risk girls. Between Aviva and Fusion, he worked as a writer of middle grade novels.
He lives in Hollywood with his wife and two daughters and spends his time baking bread, writing, hiking, playing tennis, and being a father.