Jake McDonald, M.Ed., CMF, Mindfulness Consultant

Jake joined Summit in October of 2020 as a Mindfulness Consultant. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2011, where he majored in History, minored in Creative Writing and played lacrosse, serving as team captain his senior year. In 2014, he earned a Master’s of Education in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jake currently serves as an Upper School Mindfulness, Health and Wellness and Leadership teacher, a football and lacrosse coach and the Associate Director of Summer Programs at the Collegiate School.

Jake is happy to consult with individuals of any age who are interested in developing a mindfulness practice as a tool for enhanced well-being or peak performance. Specifically, he helps clients develop their awareness to better distinguish the fine line between reacting and responding. By coming from this place of response, we are better able to be more intentional in how to navigate the wide range of opportunities and challenges in our life. Jake is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, who has been studying peak performance for the past 8 years and has been teaching mindfulness for the past 5 years. ​These sessions are a non-therapeutic approach to personal growth, and not intended to replace professional help related to mental or physical health.

He and his wife, Molly, have a 9-month-old son named Ned and they love cooking, listening to music of all kinds, trying out different Richmond restaurants and being outside with their two dogs – Murray and Tucker.