Jack Kammer, MSW, MBA
When Jack Kammer was a young boy he loved babies. But he often heard the left-handed “compliment” that paralleled the one heard by girls who were good at sports (or math), namely “You’re really good at sports (or math)… for a girl.” What Jack heard was “You’re really good with babies… for a boy.” He understood intuitively that the real message was that boys weren’t supposed to be good with babies, that babies were squarely in female territory. But Jack didn’t let that stop him. And he never forgot that first brush with sexism.
From 1983 to 1989, Jack produced and hosted a weekly talk radio show in Baltimore called “In a Man’s Shoes” to examine gender issues from a male point of view.
In 1994, Jack published Good Will Toward Men (New York: St. Martin’s Press), a book of interviews with twenty-two accomplished women who wanted to talk not just about how sexism affects women, but how it impacts men as well and contributes to injustice and social problems. He has also self-published If Men Have All the Power How Come Women Make the Rules and Heroes of the Blue Sky Rebellion.
In 2005, convinced of how vitally important it is to fully consider the progressive male perspective on social issues, Jack left his “day job” as an I.T. analyst and trainer in Washington DC and went back to school in a dual-Masters MSW/MBA program at the University of Maryland. His field work was in a community agency in Baltimore’s inner city and at Goodwill Industries in downtown Baltimore. After graduation he worked for a year as a Correctional Officer (AKA “jail guard”) at the Baltimore City Detention Center, and then another year as a Parole & Probation agent in central Baltimore. (He says he wanted to focus not on the men in the Fortune 500, but on those in the Misfortune 5,000,000.) He then served for a year as a trainer and consultant for the National Fatherhood Initiative.
Jack was a presenter at the two National Conferences on Social Work With and For Men in 2008 and 2009. He has presented CE workshops on issues related to men and gender at the NASW-New Mexico Annual Conference in 2010, the NASW-North Carolina Annual Conference in 2011, the Annual Conference on Healthy Attachments in West Virginia in 2013 and the NASW-Maryland Annual Conference in 2015. He also made a poster presentation at the Network for Social Work Management Annual Conference in 2015.
In 2012 Jack received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from his social work alma mater. In 2013 he started building Working Well With Men, LLC (workingwellwithmen.com), a social enterprise providing tools and training to the Social Work profession to help men give and get all the love they can. It offers online and in-person CE courses, in-service trainings, strategy and program design consulting, a customizable online assessment for agency directors to gauge staff opinions and attitudes about working with men, conference presentations and addresses, and collaboration for professors of social work on teaching about social justice for men.
Also in 2013, Jack was married for the first time. He is happily the husband of Claire Fraser, a prominent genome scientist.