Jeremy Bird is a founding partner at 270 Strategies and a longtime grassroots organizer with broad experience across domestic and international politics, labor, and policy. He helped launch 270 Strategies after serving as the National Field Director for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, where he was responsible for building a nationwide army of staff and volunteer organizers. Dubbed the campaign's "Field General" by Rolling Stone magazine, Jeremy was listed among "The Obama Campaign's Real Heroes" and has been cited as "a former Harvard divinity student who took to political organizing as though it were his higher calling." He is credited with helping establish a ground game and turnout machine that in 2012 "reproduced - through brute force, dedication and will - a turnout in the swing states that in some cases bested the campaign's remarkable performance of four years ago." In 2013, he was featured in Fortune magazine's "40 Under 40" list, which highlights 40 people under the age of 40 the magazine considers to be the most influential executives and "the year's most important young innovators, risk-takers, and rule-breakers in business."
Jeremy is the founder of Battleground Texas, a grassroots movement to turn Texas into a battleground state by treating it like one. His work with the organization has garnered extensive media attention, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, The Colbert Report, MSNBC, and Bloomberg News. Jeremy serves on the Board of Directors of iVote, a voting rights campaign dedicated to the powerful notion that every eligible citizen should vote. He explored the issue of voting rights as part of his 2014 TEDx Talk and penned an op-ed on the topic for The New Republic, "We Can’t Just Play Defense on Voting Access. It's Time to Make Voting Easier." He was instrumental as a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Cory Booker's successful 2013 campaign and also helped Scouts for Equality in 2013 push the Boy Scouts of America to reverse a decades-long discrimination policy.
Jeremy played a number of key leadership roles in support of President Obama between 2007-2012 - including serving as the South Carolina Field Director in the 2007-08 primary campaign and as the Ohio General Election Director in 2008. As the National Deputy Director of Organizing for America - the grassroots organization born out of the 2008 campaign - he was also central to some of the Obama Administration's most historic policy achievements between 2009-2011, including the Affordable Care Act and Wall Street Reform. Across these roles, Jeremy helped create and implement the Obama campaign's neighborhood team organizing model - an approach which transformed organizing in presidential politics by merging people-focused, community organizing with empowering and inclusive digital technology and cutting-edge data analytics. Jeremy's theory of organizing was described by The Wall Street Journal as "one part data and one part emotional connection. He keeps close track of which states are making their targets each day, but also preaches the value of relationships - between the campaign and its volunteers, and between volunteers and voters." His contributions to this groundbreaking organizing model led Rolling Stone magazine to recognize him on its 2012 "Hot List," calling him "the Obama campaign's secret weapon" with "a massive army of staff and grassroots volunteers for which Romney has no answer."
Prior to organizing with the President, Jeremy worked for several issue campaigns and candidates at the federal and local level - including the presidential campaigns of then-Senator John Kerry and former Governor Howard Dean. He also has experience advocating for educational equality and worked as an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Jeremy is a graduate of Wabash College, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and Harvard Divinity School. He is also a Board Member for Democratic GAIN and Organizing for Action. Jeremy grew up in a trailer park in High Ridge, Missouri and is passionate about grassroots politics, traveling the world, and talking about sports - especially his hometown St. Louis Cardinals and his newfound love of soccer.
You can find his ramblings about the power of grassroots organizing and how to change the world on Twitter: @jeremybird.