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Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Collaborative, dynamic leader with 24 years expertise in political campaign finance and progressive nonprofit development. Specialize in creating successful, high-functioning finance teams for candidate and initiative based campaigns, nonprofit 501c4 & c3 development. Extensive experience building major donor programs, coordinating successful grant campaigns, mounting major events, steering board training and development. Experience on EMILY's List / DGA / DCCC-endorsed candidates, statewide ballot initiative campaigns. Seasoned campaign fundraiser; managed extensive teams for multiple campaigns.

Highlighted accomplishments: Gretchen Whitmer for Governor ($26M), Tony for Wisconsin (9.25M); defeated conservative Governor Scott Walker, elected three progressive women to Congress, passed nation's first post-Citizens United statewide campaign finance law, passed initiative to increase tobacco tax.

Work History
Founder & President, 05/2000 - Current
Lifesteps, Inc. , , Savannah, Georgia

Creative & results-driven political and nonprofit development professional with entrepreneurial passion, drive, and distinctive vision; 24-year experience generating revenue for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations; DGA, DCCC & EMILY’s List targeted campaigns; statewide ballot initiatives. Proven track record building major donor programs; diversifying and increasing individual, corporate, and foundation funding streams; creating and leading board, surrogate, and leadership fundraising initiatives; managing cultivation and solicitation donor events; designing and implementing long-term and short-term organizational funding programs to ensure future growth; providing motivational leadership.

Senior Advisor, Gretchen Whitmer for Governor

Hired, trained, and led team of eleven full-time staff– including the finance director and three deputy finance directors – four national finance consultants, direct mail consultant, compliance team. Successfully raised $16 million —breaking previous Michigan gubernatorial fundraising records. Hired consultant to manage 501(c)(4) program that raised $10 million into 501(c)(4). Led team through transition into virtual fundraising & outpaced original fundraising goals despite temporary seven-month campaign-wide suspension due to the COVID pandemic. Directed all aspects of fundraising operation: identifying and building prospective donor list, executing aggressive state & national call time plan, overseeing planning and execution of nearly 75 in-person and virtual events, scheduled and briefed Governor and leadership team on all finance activity. Oversaw digital & direct mail fundraising programs that raised over $2 million during the two-year period. Worked with the Campaign Manager, Finance & Compliance Directors to project monthly & weekly cashflow to fulfill budget obligations.

Finance Director, Tony for Wisconsin

Planned, executed Governor Tony Evers' general election finance plan (call time, events, digital, direct mail, PAC); raised $9.25M, exceeded $6.1M campaign goal. Managed eight-person finance team - National/Major Donor Consultant, Deputy Finance Director Call Time, Events Director, four finance assistants, interns. Trained, managed Lieutenant Governor-Elect Mandela Barnes' Finance Director; developed, directed $500k finance plan. Collaborated with digital and direct mail firms, collaborated with Deputy Campaign Manager on campaign revenue cash flow.

Campaign Finance Director Experience:

· Congressional: Betsy Markey for Congress (CO-04); Betty Sutton for Congress (OH-13); Margarethe Cammermeyer for Congress (WA-02); Jim Stork for Congress (FL-22); Prescott for Arizona (AZ-01)

· Gubernatorial: Wachs for WI, Falk for WI

· Statewide Ballot Initiatives: AlaskansForAll (Domestic Partnership); Equality for All Southern California (Freedom to Marry); I-677 (Washington State LGBTQIA Employment Discrimination initiative), I-773 (Washington Increase the Tobacco Tax Initiative)

· Fundraising Consultant: Washington Planned Parenthood Votes!, Senator Patty Murray (WA), Norm Dicks for Congress (WA-06), King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Lesbian Cancer Project, Lambda House, GLSEN Southern Maine

Development Director, 08/2013 - 06/2017
Albert Einstein College Of Medicine , , Portland, ME
  • Developed, executed development plan; increased revenue by 63% over three year period.
  • Developed, expanded major gifts program; identified, cultivated, solicited, stewarded gifts; managed 60 + nationwide major donor portfolio; directed statewide multi-level events program.
  • Created print, electronic fundraising materials; managed Board Development Committee & Board fundraising initiatives.
  • Collaborated with Executive Director to develop, manage fiscal year end income budget; managed grants program resulting in $1.2M grants/foundation revenue from 30+ grant submissions.
  • Developed finance plan, led finance team, raised $2.2M for successful Mainers for Accountable Elections statewide ballot initiative campaign.
Major Gifts Officer, 05/2011 - 02/2013
San Diego LGBT Center , , San Diego, California

Developed strategic cultivation events for board members, major donors & corporate sponsors. Managed major donor program & sponsor, foundation & corporation grant program. Developed work plan designed to meet major gift and endowment goals. Identified, cultivated & solicited prospects for major gifts, planned giving and bequests to build operating budget & endowment fund. Managed Development Associate & Special Events Manager.

Highlighted Accomplishments:
-Successfully identified, cultivated, solicited and provided stewardship opportunities for donors of $1,000+;
-Collaborated on team to plan & manage Center events – Dining Out for Life, Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Annual Gala, Frida, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego;
-Executed creative Leadership Circle stewardship program, increasing engagement by cultivating deeper ties with major donors.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Communications, Expected in
University of North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina
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