Jessica Post is the president emerita of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, where she has led the national strategy to elect more state Democrats and win legislative majorities. Under Post’s leadership and data-driven vision, the DLCC almost tripled its fundraising to $51 million for its 2020 campaign, built eight new legislative majorities, and flipped hundreds of seats from red to blue since November 2016. She is currently serving as a senior advisor to the DLCC.
Post is known for connecting innovation in politics and technology with best practices in the field and at the DLCC. Through her 20 years of experience leading advocacy and political campaigns at all levels of the ballot in more than 30 states, she brings a strategic national view and on-the-ground understanding to the work ahead for Democrats to reclaim more majorities.
She is a renowned expert on state legislative races and is regularly quoted in national and state publications and programs, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, USA Today, Associated Press, Politico, The Hill, Time, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, CNN, MSNBC, and Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.
— Jessica Post to NBC News
“If you want to rebuild the Democratic Party and if you want to rebuild democracy in the United States, you have to win back state legislatures. Through them, you can fix our challenge with voting rights, you can fix these gerrymandered districts, you can implement the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid, and now with this conservative Supreme Court, you need to back up fundamental rights within state law.”
Post has also been a frequent panelist, trainer, and presenter. Each year she guest lectures at the American University Campaign Management Institute and provides trainings for political staff around the country on running strategic and data-driven campaigns. She has also presented at George Washington University, Netroots Nation, Harvard Law School, and the Sundance Film Festival.
In recognition of her successful leadership, Post was called “the Most Valuable Player of the 2017-2018 election cycle,” by Marc Elias. She was recognized as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). She was named a Rising Star for innovation in grassroots organizing by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
As an expert on the mechanics of voting, Post is respected for her ability to pivot between granular state-specific detail to macro national strategy. She also serves on the board of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder, where she advises on the comprehensive, multi-cycle Democratic Party redistricting strategy to create fair voting maps across the country.
Post became the executive director of the DLCC in 2016 after spearheading an EMILY’s List initiative to elect more pro-choice Democratic women to key state legislatures ahead of redistricting. Previously at EMILY’s List, she served as the political advisor for the Midwest, recruiting candidates to run for governor, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House, and advising top federal races on campaign strategy. She was promoted to the role of president of the DLCC in 2019.
Before that, Jessica served as the national field director and political director at the DLCC, where she advised state legislative leaders and their staff on running efficient, data-driven campaigns. Originally from Missouri, she is a graduate of Truman State University and lives with her husband, rescue dog, and cat in Alexandria, VA.