Our innovative voter registration, mobilization, and turnout programs, and the research that undergirds them, require a team of experts.

Jessica Barba Brown

Jessica Barba Brown is the CEO of the Voter Participation Center, bringing nearly 20 years’ experience in political and nonprofit strategy, organizational management, and executive leadership.

Most recently, Jessica was Managing Director for the advocacy division at Planned Parenthood Federation of America during the first two years of the Trump Administration and the organization’s largest “defunding” battle in its 100-year history. There, she oversaw day-to-day operations and management for the 160-person, $74 million division responsible for the fight-back campaign.

Previous to that, she was National Director of Communications and Organizational Development at Enroll America. In this role, she oversaw a team of 17 people in DC and across 11 organizing states who were responsible for garnering positive media coverage encouraging people to sign up during the first few cycles of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Later, she oversaw organizational development efforts for the staff of over 100.

She started her political career as communications director for former U.S. Representative Tom Perriello on his election campaigns and in his Capitol Hill office—taking him from long-shot hopeful against an entrenched incumbent to winning the closest House race in the country in 2008. She also served as Vice President for Program Development at Faith in Public Life, designing and implementing innovative advocacy campaigns, including the famous Nuns on the Bus tour, to promote the voices of faith leaders in the public square.


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