Zeta Beta Tau Foundation

A SPOTLIGHT ON: Matthew J. Jacobs, Alpha Rho (UCLA) 2006

A quick visit to Matthew (Matt) J. Jacobs’, Alpha Rho (University of California – Los Angeles) 2006, website will give you a good insight into who he is.

He’s a grandson of a World War II veteran and two Holocaust survivors, son of a teacher and small business owner. He’s a federal prosecutor who prosecuted some of America’s worst enemies and dangerous criminals, a husband and father of three, and now a California congressional candidate for District 26.

Yet a title he proudly holds that isn’t listed is a Zeta Beta Tau brother.

When Brother Jacobs was in high school, he visited UCLA with friends one weekend and found himself stopping by the ZBT house. He felt at home with the Alpha Rho brothers and naturally found his place there the following year during recruitment.

When asked about his fondest memories with his ZBT brothers at UCLA, Matt is quick to reminisce about the road trips to football games or the incredible experience of watching the Bruins in the NCAA Final Four with his brothers. He was also just as nostalgic about hanging out at the Chapter house together.

“I was never bored. There was always a friend to hang out with,” he recalled.

Brother Jacobs moved to the east coast for law school after graduating but says ZBT gave him the moral and ethical foundation for approaching life with confidence from activities like speaking in front of a large chapter meeting.

“I learned so much from people like” Past International President Irving (Irv) M. Chase, Alpha Rho (University of California – Los Angeles) 1974, Brother Jacobs said. “He’s incredibly successful personally and professionally and seeing such a powerful person care so deeply about the Brotherhood was inspiring.”

Matt remains close with many of his brothers and is a proud advocate of the fraternal experience.