Meet the Executive Director

For over 20 years, Adam Jacobi has worked in the fields of communication and theatre education, as well as public relations, government affairs and politics. As Executive Director of the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association, he coordinates contests, programming, outreach, operations, and governance of one of the country's oldest state activities associations. He has trained Speech adjudicators for WHSFA since 2002.

Jacobi also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA), and serves as Section 4 representative to the Speech, Debate, and Theatre Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), of which WHSFA is an affiliated association. He consults on high school outreach initiatives for the Harvard Debate Council and Emory University's Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue.

An author of several books, articles and guides, Mr. Jacobi regularly facilitates professional development sessions, as well as academic presentations on the benefits of speech, debate, and theatre education.

He previously was Programs & Education Coordinator for the NSDA, where he coordinated development of an international public speaking and debating curriculum that he helped implement in the People's Republic of China, where he taught for a semester (fall 2013). He also coached forensics and taught Public Speaking at Ripon College. For several years, Jacobi taught theatre and speech and directed the speech and debate program at Rufus King International School in Milwaukee, WI.  He volunteered in leadership roles for several professional organizations.

Mr. Jacobi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication -- Public Campaigns from Carroll University, and certificated for teaching at Marquette University. Additionally, he has taken several graduate-level courses, including on the "Teaching for Understanding" framework with Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero think tank. He has been enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Forensics program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.