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Jesse Gilliam

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Director of Communications and Policy

Jesse Gilliam serves as Washington STEM’s Director of Communications and Policy. He’s responsible for internal and external communications strategy and implementation and he leads Washington STEM's policy and advocacy efforts.

Jesse brings 15 years of nonprofit and government experience to his work at Washington STEM. The thread that connects all of his work is a commitment to advance social justice. Jesse believes access to quality education is key to increasing equity in our communities.

Jesse most recently served as a legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Sally J. Clark, where he focused on human services, income inequality, and communications. Previously, he worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound as the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement. He’s undertaken policy, community engagement, and communications roles at Seattle’s Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Advocates for Youth in Washington, D.C. While in college, he founded the Day of Silence, the nation’s largest youth lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender awareness event.

Jesse holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Women’s Studies from the University of Virginia. Jesse has served on the board of several organizations which support the LGBT community, including the Point Foundation and Ingersoll Gender Center. He lives in West Seattle with his wife, Jamie, and two extremely furry dogs.

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