Jordan X Arnesen

Linguist · Engineer · Educator · Executive · EXPLORER

20 years of technical and leadership experience from the military intelligence community to the Silicon Valley startup scene.

Passionate about crafting empowering and educational experiences and products as the greatest lever for positive global impact.

🇺🇸🚶About to begin my next adventure walking across America!

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Climatebase Fellowship Manager


Took the Climatebase Fellowship program from 0 to 1:

Designed and built the admissions process in Hubspot, processing over 2k applications and personally interviewing and admitting the founding cohort of 150 professionals from around the globe.

Coordinated development timeline and provided pedagogical feedback to partner organization delivering 5 weeks of core climate curriculum.

Organized and facilitated over 115 hours of live content for the 10 week program (4 weeks of content added ad hoc when program was extended based on participant feedback).

Selected, implemented, and curated the custom online community platform in addition to regular email updates and highlights for the community of fellows.

Founding Fellowship NPS of 65

2021 - 2022

Head of Growth (Admissions && Enrollment)

Make School

Owned overall growth strategy including department budget and hiring, lead acquisition and marketing strategy, admissions and enrollment practices, and prospective student community programming until...

Great success! Make School's accelerated bachelor's of Applied Computer Science program was formally acquired by Dominican University of California at the end of the Summer 2021 semester.

As a member of the executive leadership team I oversaw key aspects of the final program handover and student and staff off-boarding.


Outreach Manager && Special Projects

Make School
2020 - 2021

Admissions Manager

Make School

Curriculum Engineer && Admissions Coach

Make School
2018 - 2020

Lead Backend Software Engineer

Make School
2016 - 2017

Lead Instructor, iOS Summer Academy

Make School

Junior Software Engineer

Make School

Intelligence Analyst (Military Contractor)

2009 - 2010

Shift Manager (Senior Game Advisor)

2008 - 2009

Arabic Translator && Intelligence Analyst (CTI2)

United States Navy
2002 - 2008


Make School

Summer Academy, iOS Game Development

Designed and built a uniquely controlled iOS mobile game and launched it to the Apple App Store.

Gap Year, Applied Computer Science

Applied CS fundamentals by designing, building, and launching multiple iOS and full-stack web apps. Mentored new and intermediate coders at five youth and college hackathons nationwide.

2014 - 2015

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts, Cognitive Science

Emphases in Linguistics, Product Design, and Programming.

Selected coursework: Computational Models of Cognition, Quantitative Methods in Linguistics, Tangible User Interface, Multimedia Narrative, Creative Writing, Technologies for Creativity and Learning.

GPA: 3.76

2010 - 2014

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Arabic Basic & Arabic Intermediate

Specially selected for and graduated from world-renowned intensive language training program.

GPA: 3.8

2002 - 2004


  • Always has creative ideas to contribute to projects other team members are working on." - Manager @ Make School
  • Strong ability to build systems to report data, as well as interpret and make data driven decisions. For example, last summer Jordan created a spreadsheet and system that would take in data about completed enrollment inputs and Hubspot data that we could then use for forecasting attendees and for prioritizing which admits to follow up with." - Manager @ Make School
  • I love working with Jordan for the positive energy he brings to his work. I love bouncing ideas with him about my projects and other projects I want to tackle in the future!" - Peer @ Make School
  • Jordan is adept and able to juggle lots of things at once, and is very good at setting realistic expectations about how many projects he can handle at a time. Jordan is always willing to reach out to other teams and other members to assist in meeting deadlines." - Peer @ Make School
  • I can never tell if Jordan is stressed or not stressed. He addresses every problem that comes at him with ease and confidence which is essential in team settings." - Peer @ Make School
  • Jordan is incredibly effective at delivering difficult or harsh notes without making students feel stupid and while also conveying important messages." - Student @ Make School
  • Jordan has a way of addressing people’s concerns in a very empathetic way. He’s also great at explaining CS topics in laymen terms, especially with folks that don’t have much experience with CS." - Student @ Make School


My favorite hobbies are self-improvement focused, like bouldering, playing kendama, and making pancake art for friends and family.

Ask me about the time I... biked from SF to LA, sold it all for #vanlife, rode a train on a boat.

Let's Connect

I love mentoring and encouraging fellow engineers and entrepreneurs, and spreading positivity and information to inspire the next generation of creators and problem solvers. It is particularly meaningful when I can support other veterans and members of the queer community.

Opportunities that I am always open to:

  • Hackathon or event judging
  • Keynote speaking or panel participation
  • Consulting on project or startup ideas
  • Professional communication and storytelling advice

I look forward to connecting with you!

actively networking and exploring exciting opportunities