JASON BENNETT, 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.
Molly moved to Seattle nearly 15 years ago to attend the University of Washington, fell in love with the PNW and now calls it home. Molly is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington where she majored in Political Science and History. For the past eight years, Molly has focused her career on education public policy working for the League of Education Voters and Thrive by Five WA. Molly is currently working as a consultant helping other states develop and pursue an education reform agenda.
CHRISTINA LEWIS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Christina Lewis is a California native and longtime resident of Washington State. She currently works for Perkins Coie LLP in the Commercial Litigation Department. She has a particular interest in issues related to diversity and civil rights. She continues to volunteer with the LGBTQ community, social welfare organizations, and various animal welfare organizations. She is immensely dedicated to community service and outreach. As an active volunteer, her focus is to build relationships with various agencies/organizations in primarily underrepresented areas throughout King and South King County. She is always in search of the right opportunity to become active in the issues that impact “the least of these,” especially in promoting an active and healthy government. Her volunteer experience reinforces her strongly held Democratic values.
Although her day job is in the private sector, she is a loyal public servant. She serves as 1st Vice-Chair for the King County Democrats Central Committee and 2nd Vice-Chair for the 37th District Democrats. As an alumna of Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF), she expanded her knowledge of the governmental process and local politics, and her IDF experience continues to fuel her passion for outreach and desire to keep our communities up-to-date on current issues.
She is proud to serve on the leadership board and as a program director for IDF’s class of 2014.
LAUREN PLATT, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Lauren Platt is a Northwest native from Portland, OR with a BA in Economics from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. As a Regional Program Developer for the Nurse-Family Partnership, a national evidence-based, community health home visiting program for first-time, low-income moms and their babies, she works to engage communities and local, state, and federal lawmakers to sustain and expand the program in six states. After graduating in 2007, she moved to Seattle, where her addiction to politics began on the Simple Majority for Our Local Schools (Approve 4204) campaign. Her deep love for statistical analysis and passion for issues facing today’s children then led her to the Children’s Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization for children’s issues, where she held various positions and worked on a wide range of child and family policy issues. When not reading Publicola, Lauren enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends, reading nonfiction, and taking at least twice as long to cook a meal as the directions say.