Jared Stancombe was born in Lawrence County and graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2005. He was an active member of the music program and was a four-year member of the BNL drumline. After high school, he attended Ivy Tech Community College to save money, and then transferred to Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied informatics and political science. He graduated with honors in political science in 2009. Jared is currently a research assistant with the Indiana University School of Public Health, working with the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention researching the effects of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. He currently resides in the small town of Heltonville, Indiana.
He is a member of the United Way of South Central Indiana allocations board, the Monroe County Opioid Awareness Commission, a member of the Lawrence County Local Coordinating Council, and the founder of the Lawrence County Forum on the Opioid Epidemic, a coalition of 20+ community members working at the grassroots level.
National Security Experience
Jared is also a former analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he served in the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security with Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). His work included working with an intra-agency task force with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), State Department, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and agencies within the U.S. Intelligence Community to perform a threat assessment for terrorist organizations in the Horn of Africa.
Jared has also studied national security, intelligence policy, and cybersecurity with the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Center for Security Studies.
Leadership by Example: A History of Servant Leadership in Education and Public Health
Jared left his position with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to pursue an officer commission with the United States Marine Corps and briefly attended Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in 2011, but received a medical discharge. After his recovery, he chose to continue serving as an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Washington, DC. With City Year, he served 2,000 national service hours working at a middle school co-teaching 8th-grade algebra, tutoring vulnerable children in afterschool programs, and volunteering with various nonprofit organizations such as food banks and homeless shelters.
Upon completing his service year, Jared was selected for the highly selective Global Health Corps fellowship, where he served with a refugee affairs and global health nonprofit organization in Zambia. Jared primarily worked with senior management on the development of its strategic plan, increase partnerships, and also raise money for rural healthcare programs for mothers who are HIV positive. Despite recurring illnesses and hardship, Jared worked with numerous people to successfully raise $300,000 for a prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV program.
After saying his goodbyes to all the friends he made in Zambia, he traveled to Bangalore, India to be an American Express Fellow with the American India Foundation, where he supported educators in the development and evaluation of their life skills development program for children living in poverty.
A Career in Global and Public Health
Upon returning to the United States, Jared was selected to attend the StartingBloc social innovation institute in Boston, Massachusetts, where he learned about social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and how to leverage the private sector towards improving the health and well-being of communities.
Afterward, Jared returned to Washington, DC where he worked as a program officer with an international development organization that provides medicines for people with HIV/AIDS and malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. He managed orders as much as $50,000 and managed budgets as high as $10,000,000 for health programs in Rwanda. He coordinated with the U.S. government, foreign health ministries, and nonprofit organizations to ensure that lifesaving medications reached vulnerable communities.
Jared returned home to make a difference in his community and return to Indiana University after being accepted to the Kelley School of Business. However, his passion for servant leadership remained and he began volunteering in his community working with local nonprofit organizations providing health services to people who use drugs. He has been able to apply the knowledge, skills, experience, and relationships to face the opioid epidemic, and now assists research efforts at Indiana University.
He also hosts community workshops on opioid overdoses and provides Narcan to first responders, women’s’ shelters, and community members. Servant leadership and stepping up to meet the needs of complex challenges are what drive Jared. This is why he is running for state representative.