Michael Jonas ‘09
Michael Jonas, JD is a Realtor, creator of the Just Be Real Estate brand. He also works with Big Block Realty. Michael believes that business and community activism can and should go hand in hand.
Michael graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. For four years he served as an event programmer for the school’s Hillel, a pluralistic Jewish organization. He was also the fundraising Campaign Executive for United Way of Santa Barbara County, where he served as a liaison between business and community members, meeting with and speaking to all types of people about the ability of people to work together to create social progress. That same year, he was a job coach for disabled adults, a job where he worked with and motivated clients to live active, successful lives.
Michael completed his law degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California where he served as the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) for two years. In 2009, for his service with PILF, he was awarded the “Student Organization President of the Year” award, as nominated and voted on by the law school faculty and students. He participated in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition Team throughout law school. From February 2008 - February 2009, Michael mediated numerous small claims court cases through the Superior Court’s Small Claims Mediation Program. Upon graduation from law school, Michael was awarded a certificate of completion from his law school’s Pro Bono and Externship Office.
Michael is currently serving a third year on the TJSL Alumni Board.