In this role, Jay leads our campaigns associated with debt relief. This includes issues such as consumer protections, medical debt, and re-entry policies. Jay oversees our policy, organizing, and communications staff, ensuring that our short-term policy and field strategy efforts build toward our long-term goal of a strong movement for economic justice and sound legislative strategy.
Jay brings experience in organizing, coalition building, policy advocacy, and communications. Prior to joining Poverty Action, he served for four years as the Communications & Advocacy Director of the Legal Foundation of Washington, working to increase public funding and support for civil legal aid. He has also held positions with Friends of Youth, the Washington United for Marriage Campaign, and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Additionally, he currently serves on the board of the Seattle Community Law Center.
Jay holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology from Duke University. He lives in West Seattle with his partner, son, and two cats. Jay enjoys reading, swimming, disc golf, hip hop, and making up songs with his 4 year old.