Jack Horak

Who is Jack?

John (Jack) Horak is a lawyer by training and practiced law for 36 years at the Hartford, CT based law firm Reid and Riege, P.C. During the first half of his legal career he worked primarily with for-profit business clients, and in the second half he worked primarily with non-profit organization clients. His practical familiarity with both sectors, and daily experience with the types of organizations and people in each, led to the conclusion that the sectors should be allies and not opponents, and that a basis for the alliance exists in law, history, philosophy, logic, science, religion, and psychology.

While at Reid and Riege, Jack established the firm’s Nonprofit Organization Practice Group and authored the Reid and Riege Nonprofit Organization Report, a quarterly publication that was distributed throughout the United States. He has also published articles and editorials on legal and policy issues in Philanthropy Magazine, the Hartford Courant, and the Connecticut Law Tribune. He writes a regular column for the Hartford Business Journal entitled “Rule of Law.”

Other facts about Jack

Over his career, Jack presented at various venues including the Commonfund Endowment Institute at Yale, the Aspen Institute, The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and many others. He also served as a member of the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations.


  • Jack was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Non-profit/Charities Law (2009-2017)
  • Earned an AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.
  • 1976 graduate of Dartmouth College
  • 1980 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School.

The TANGO Nonprofit Method

Jack used his 36 years of combined legal experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to author The TANGO Nonprofit Method. The book accompanied by interactive presentations is a nonprofit instructional guide that will enhance your organization’s mission and structure. It will guide nonprofits through best practices for your boards of directors, management teams, employees, clients and overall company mission!

“The TANGO Nonprofit Method is a necessary resource for all existing or newly formed nonprofit organizations. An essential tool for both staff and board members that is easy to read and reference. I would recommend to all nonprofit executive directors to further enhance their board education efforts as it can be easily sectioned and included as a regular meeting agenda item.”

Susan D. Sadecki, MBA

President & CEO, Main St. Community Foundation

“I envision this book sitting on the desk of every nonprofit leader; and I envision this being the cornerstone for all onboarding of future leaders and advisors. This is going to become the gold standard against which all nonprofit training will be measured.”

William J. Torres

Vice Board Chair, Wheeler Clinic

Above the Fold Nonprofit Consulting

TANGO has put together a team of consultants who can provide seasoned advice and counsel within many areas of expertise. We have learned there are often times when nonprofit organizations are faced with strategic or operational business decisions where consultation from an outside voice can ensure they are making the best decision for the organization’s future.

Membership is complimentary to all Nonprofit organizations thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners.

With over 1,600 nonprofit organizations throughout New England, TANGO has become a powerful community helping nonprofit organizations reach their mission.

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