Jessica Post is the Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, where she leads the national strategy for electing more state Democrats and winning legislative majorities. Under Post’s leadership and data-driven vision, the DLCC has doubled its political spending to $35 million for the 2018 cycle, flipped nearly 400 legislative seats from red to blue since November 2016, and reclaimed the majority in eight legislative chambers.
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 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.
"Part of what we’re having to do is orient [local Democratic leaders] to say, ‘Play big, create big competitive maps, we’ll help you fund the infrastructure, and we’ll come in and invest with our partner groups.’” – Jessica Post to Politico.
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 about how to run strategic and data-driven campaigns. She has also presented at George Washington University, Netroots Nation, Harvard Law School, and the Sundance Film Festival.
After flipping nearly 400 seats from red to blue and regaining majorities in eight chambers, Jessica has been called “the Most Valuable Player of the 2017-2018 election cycle.” She has also been 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 in all 50 states, 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 serving as the Senior Director of FOCUS 2020, the 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.
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 in Alexandria, Va.