Jakob Bigard

Jakob Bigard

Business Development Intern

Jakob Bigard is the Business Development Intern for summer 2022 for the Right Place. His primary role is building the fall retention “blitz” campaign lists for each county RPI has a presence. Additionally, he supports the Business Development team and their area partners in creating incentive packages and attracting new and expanding businesses to West Michigan.

Past Experience

Before joining The Right Place, Jakob served as the Program Manager for the Common Ground Initiative at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, an educational nonprofit housed within Grand Valley State University’s Development Division. While there, he used his experience working with political campaigns across the aisle to create public programming aimed at finding actionable common ground in cultural and political circles across the country.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science | Grand Valley State University
  • Master of Public Administration, concentration in State, Local, and Regional Governance | Grand Valley State University (Dec. 2022)