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. Prior to that, he 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. The following year, Jesse served as a senior aide to Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro, where he helped direct the business services division, supervised the office’s communications operation, and assisted with administering the 2010 primary and general elections.
While at LS2group, Jesse has worked for a wide range of clients including Ford Motor Company, Alliant Energy, Iowa Fertilizer Company, and more.
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.