Jack Stanton is a 28-year- old Sandwich resident whose life has been primarily spent living on Cape Cod. He is a product of the public school system and graduated as President of his class from Sandwich High School.
Jack’s entire extended family hails from Fall River, MA and the Stantons moved to the Cape when Jack was 6 years old as his family sought to find a safe and supportive community in which to raise children. They, like many families during the 90s, chose to settle in Sandwich due to the excellent public school system in order to provide opportunities for their three kids. His father is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a Chief Engineer for the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority. Prior to joining the Steamship Authority, he spent many years as a merchant mariner shipping out overseas; and is an active member of the Marine Engineers Beneficiary Association (M.E.B.A), the oldest maritime trade union in the United States. His mother is a graduate UMass Dartmouth, a former small business owner, and currently works as a Program Coordinator for an assisted living facility on the Lower Cape. Jack has two younger siblings; Beau, 24, who lives and works in New York City and Kay, 19, who is a freshman at The University of New Hampshire.
Growing up, Jack was an avid swimmer and active member of the YMCA Cape Cod’s Mako Swim team until he joined his high school squad. From an early age, Jack’s parents instilled in him a hard work ethic and he carried his love of aquatics into lifeguarding where he was certified at the young age of 15. At age 16, he received his WSI & his LGT where he taught swim lessons and assisted with Lifeguard certification courses for both the Town of Barnstable and the Sandwich Community Pool. He would continue to teach and guard for the Town of Barnstable throughout his college years and was a recognizable presence at both Craigville and Dowses beaches where he taught hundreds of children throughout his years of service to the town. As a guard, he was a part of several winning teams which participated in the annual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition.
In high school, Jack was heavily involved in athletics where he earned varsity letters & League “All-Star” designations in both Swimming & Cross Country, serving as Team Captain for both squads. Jack was also active in student government, the Key Club, and the National Honor Society. The most impactful part of his high school years was his participation in Model United Nations & the French Exchange – both of which largely sparked his passion and curiosity for other cultures.
Jack graduated from Sandwich High School in 2010 and went on to Washington, DC to study at The George Washington University. In college Jack sought to expand his horizons as much as possible and spent dual semesters studying in francophone countries overseas – one studying International Development in Dakar, Senegal and the other in Paris, France on exchange at the renowned Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. While at university, Jack also held internships at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, a nonpartisan Environmental think tank and worked for Pyramis Global Advisors, the former institutional arm of Fidelity Investments. Jack graduated from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in May of 2014 with a degree in International Affairs and a concentration in Comparative Political, Economic, and Social Systems.
Since then, he has spent the past three and a half years working exclusively in international settings – largely in the Development sector. The largest portion of this time was spent at the World Bank where Jack worked two separate contracts: one in the Office of the Vice President and the other as the Assistant to the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. He also spent a semester teaching Social Studies at a high school in Cairo, Egypt where he engaged hundreds of Egyptian students. Most recently, Jack was working for Forcier Consulting, a small monitoring, evaluation and research consultancy which works in logistically challenging environments across Africa. There, he helped to build out their newest office in Maputo, Mozambique where he wrote proposals to expand Forcier’s business across the continent and worked on several large-scale programme evaluations for the United Nations and Oxfam.
Deeply concerned about the toxicity of the national political climate, and the collective frustration so many seem to have towards government – Jack resigned from his role overseas and moved home in order to contemplate a run for State Senate in the community which has served as the foundation for his life.