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Jason Bennett, IDF Executive Director

Jason Bennett, IDF Executive Director

Jason Bennett first plunged into politics when he interned at US Senator Patty Murray’s office in the spring of 1997. Shortly following the internship, Jason accepted a position in the Washington State Legislature with the office of State Rep. Jeff Morris. Nearly two years later, Jason caught the campaign bug and moved over to the House Democratic Campaign Committee as their Operations Director where he helped secure the majority for House Democrats in Nov. 2001. After five years working on Democratic campaigns, Jason was recruited to the office of US Senator Maria Cantwell and served as her State Outreach Director, managing an outreach team of seven.

In early 2005, he decided to take his extensive campaign experience and political contacts and form Argo Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Seattle. During the last several years, Argo Strategies has helped more than 200 federal, state and local campaigns win – either with award-winning direct mail, compliance and treasury consulting or web/technology work.  A few of their successful clients include King County Sheriff John Urquhart, Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton, Tacoma City Council member Victoria Woodards, State Representative Cindy Ryu and Yes on Referendum 71 campaign, the only gay-rights initiative to pass in the country at the time.

In his spare time, Jason has served on the Seattle Mayor’s Citizens Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board, was an elected Queen Anne Community Councilmember and is a “site restoration steward” for Pipers Creek in Carkeek Park. He has served on the boards of Equal Rights Washington and was chair of the 36th District Democrats, representing the Queen Anne, Magnolia, Greenwood, Belltown, and Ballard neighborhoods of Seattle. In 2010, Jason was honored to receive the 2010 Magnuson Award by the Washington State Democrats for “Democrat of the Year.”

Jason was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He moved to Seattle in February 1996 and currently resides in Queen Anne with his partner, Mike and their dog, Kasey.



Reiny Cohen, IDF Program Director
When Reiny Cohen finished her fellowship with IDF in 2014, she knew her life was forever changed. Having been exposed to the world of politics in such a meaningful way, not only did she apply to become the IDF Program Director, but she left a 15 year career in radio for political communications. She currently serves as Communications Director for Washington United for Fair Revenue, and consults on various legislative campaigns. She worked the 2014 election cycle with Organizing for Washington as a field organizer in the 45th legislative district.
Her radio career includes on-air hosting and reporting at KUOW/NPR, production and on-air work for two major regional morning talk shows, traffic reporting, and guest interviews. In 2012, embarking on a dream of world travel, she took a job in Sichuan, China as an English teacher for elementary school students. Reiny lives on Capitol Hill in Seattle, and can be spotted around town working in a coffee shop or singing karaoke.

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