School of Public Policy and Administration

Jason LumJason Lum’s academic and professional expertise ranges from civil rights, business law, public policy and the interrelationship between business and government to advocacy for college access and college education funding.

Since 2001, Lum has served as a core faculty member at Walden University, acting as leader for human resources, public policy, homeland security and business courses. In addition, he played a key role in the development of the online Master of Public Administration (MPA) and PhD in Public Policy and Administration programs. Lum served as director of the MPA program from 2006 to 2007 and as assistant dean of the School of Public Policy and Administration from 2007 to 2008. Earlier in his career, Lum was a civil rights attorney in the Office of the Monitor in St. Paul, Minn., for Pigford v. Veneman, the case with the largest civil rights settlement in U.S. history, regarding race discrimination in USDA farm loan programs. He also previously served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice. He worked in the Harvard Admissions Office and at the Washington University in St. Louis Career Center. Lum is the founder of ScholarEdge College Consulting, which helps parents and students apply for college and compete for scholarships.


  • Executive Certification in Leadership & Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 2010
  • College Counseling Certification, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif., 2009
  • JD, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif., 2000
  • MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1997
  • BA in History, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., 1994

Areas of Expertise

Civil Rights

  • Served as a civil rights attorney for the Office of the Monitor in the largest class-action lawsuit settlement in U.S. history between the USDA and African-American farmers.
  • Continues pro bono service to Asian-American educational organizations in the Twin Cities.
  • Received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship based on contributions to underrepresented populations.

Business Law and Public Policy

  • Has litigation experience with two global multinational law firms, including temporary assignment to London.
  • Represents clients including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individual entrepreneurs seeking venture capital.

Interrelationship Between Business and Government

  • Has extensive experience creating collaborative business and government graduate programs, including work with Harvard University and the National University of Singapore.
  • Focuses research and studies on collaborative governmental and business strategies to encourage at-risk youth to apply to college and obtain funding for undergraduate and graduate studies.

College Access

  • Serves as a national advocate for greater awareness among college-bound students and current college students particularly relating to ways to identify, apply and win scholarships and grants to fund their education.
  • Has worked with school districts and families for more than 10 years to identify colleges and universities that match students needs and identify resources to help fund college education and what students need to do in order to apply and win scholarships and grants.
  • Received more than $250,000 in scholarships, grants and fellowships and graduated debt-free.
  • Founded consulting firm ScholarEdge College Consulting, which is devoted to assisting students with both college admissions and scholarship applications.

Relevant Publications and Presentations

  • Lum, J., & Soken, N. (2011). Help! Straight talk for surviving the college search. Minneapolis, MN: Mill City Press, Inc.
  • Lum, J.K. (2011). “Educational Opportunity Through Grant Writing.” Training presentation at the Anoka Hennepin School District.
  • Lum, J.K. (2009). “From Unipolar to Bipolar: U.S. Foreign Policy, China, and Southeast Asia.” Presented at the South Bend Rotary Conference.
  • Lum, J.K. (2009). “Opportunities in Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations and Individuals.” Presented at the Minnesota Rotary Conference.
  • Lum, J.K. (2008). “Building a Foundation for Nonprofit Activism.” Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Lum, J.K. (2007). “Nonprofit Service and Success Through Scholarship.” Minnesota Literacy Council.
  • Lum, J.K. (2006). “Volunteerism, Scholarship, and Nonprofits.” Presented at the AmeriCorps and VISTA Minnesota Annual Meetings.
  • Lum, J.K. (2003). “Due Process, Habeas Corpus, and Civil Rights in a Post–9/11 Environment.” Presented at the First Annual Conference on Social Change.
  • Lum, J.K. (1997). “African-American Labor at the Margins: Exploring the Emergence of Environmental Health Hazards in the Workplace.” University of California, School of Public Health.
  • Lum, J.K. (1997). “The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy.” University of California, School of Public Health.
  • Lum, J.K. (1995). “American Educational Forms and the Influence of Asian Pedagogical Methods.” Marina Bay Civic Organization, Singapore.
  • Lum, J.K. (1993). “The Other Side of the Story: American versus Asian Viewpoints on Singaporean Criminal Justice.” Jurong Town Organization, Singapore.

Professional Affiliations

  • Hmong College Prep Academy
  • Sejong Academy of Minnesota
  • The American Society of the River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Harvard University Alumni Association
  • Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government Alumni Association
  • Minneapolis–St. Paul Harvard Alumni Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • University of California Alumni Association
  • Washington University Alumni and Parents Admission Program
  • American Bar Association: National Committee
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

Professional Recognition

  • Walden University Faculty Excellence Grant, 2007
  • Public Employees Roundtable Scholarship, 1998
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarship, 1997
  • Harvard University John F. Kennedy Fellowship, 1995–1997
  • Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, 1997
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship, 1994
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship, 1993
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs, 1993
  • Chinese Women’s Club of America Scholar, 1990–1997
  • John and Wilma Barker Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis, 1990–1994
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