Jesse Harris specializes in strategic campaign planning including the development, management, and implementation of grassroots programs.
Jesse has served in a variety of government and political positions, working to coordinate the activities of diverse partners including local, state, and federal candidate campaigns, organized labor, and other progressive organizations.
During the 2008 campaign cycle, Jesse was the coordinated campaign director for the Iowa Democratic Party and also assumed the role of early vote and get out the vote director for Barack Obama’s general election campaign in Iowa. He also served as political director for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and field director for Chet Culver’s winning primary and general election gubernatorial campaigns in 2006. In those roles, he managed hundreds of employees, directed budgets, and developed field programs to support candidates running for state legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, governor, and various other statewide offices.
In 2009, Jesse served as state director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Change that Works campaign. In that capacity, Jesse developed a field, political, and communications strategy to engage membership and other activists in the federal health care debate.
Most recently, Jesse served as deputy secretary of state for the state of Iowa, where he directed the business services division, supervised the office’s budgeting process and communications operation, and assisted with administering the 2010 primary and general elections.
Jesse graduated summa cum laude from Simpson College in Indianola with a double major in history and political science. He was named outstanding senior in both historical studies and political science.
Des Moines, IA