Jake Shapiro is Executive Director of The Radio Exchange. The Radio Exchange is an online service for peer-review and digital distribution of public radio programming, creating a new web-based bridge between producers and stations. The goal of the Radio Exchange is to bring a new generation of innovative, creative content to public radio airwaves. The Radio Exchange is a collaboration between the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and has received support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ford Foundation.
Previously Shapiro was Associate Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where he oversaw multiple projects related to intellectual property, distance learning, digital media, and Internet architecture, as well as holding responsibility for core strategic and administrative duties. He remains a Berkman Center Fellow.
Shapiro has a grounding in public radio, having worked as a producer with The Connection, a daily, nationally distributed public affairs program from WBUR. He subsequently helped launch the media production company Lydon McGrath Inc.
His earlier work includes research and web development for the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies and the Davis Center for Russian Studies. For two years he was program coordinator for the Moscow Institute where he oversaw a program for American and European college and graduate students in Moscow.
Jake is also an independent musician and composer and co-founded independent record label L-Shaped Records, LLC, the artist networking site GigSwap.com, and the Boston rock band Two Ton Shoe. He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a BA in History & Literature.