Jake Brewer

Washington, DC

Jake is generally obsessed with solving critical problems at scale - though no problem more so than building citizens' capacity to have real impact in executive offices and the halls of government.

Today, Jake leads global policy and external affairs at Change.org with the aim to remake the relationship between decision makers (e.g. government or corporate leaders) and the 100 million Change.org users in 196 countries impacted by their decisions.

Jake also serves as co-founder and board president of Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, where their work has included reframing the narrative of the American immigration debate in media and culture - including the cover of TIME magazine and the recently released CNN Films documentary "Documented."

Some of Jake's past work has included leading the engagement division of the Sunlight Foundation, launching a first-of-its-kind White House initiative on Veteran employment with Code for America, helping create US Ignite - a national "gigabit" initiative to transform healthcare, education, transportation and more through next-generation Internet applications - and designing the national Civic Data Challenge, helping bring critical "civic health" data to civic decision-makers in ways they can actually use it.

Outside the office, Jake is a competitive triathlete, a widely published photographer, and serves in a variety of advisory and board roles with organizations building healthier democracy. Through it all, he hopes to one day return to his first job as minor league baseball mascot Murray the Mule.

  • Work
    • Change.org
  • Education
    • Vanderbilt University, United States Naval Academy