Jesse is a technology strategist with a passion for democracy, civic engagement, and civil society. He is the founder of American Civix Technologies, L3C (dba Powerline). He has been committed to problem-solving for the communities that he has been a part of since he was 12.
Jesse served as president of student government in both high school and at the University of Maryland where he served two terms as the president of the Robert H. Smith School of Business student government. He earned numerous awards on campus for his contributions including the Spirit of Maryland (Homecoming King) award and the Maryland Medallion (top 20 student leaders of the 2008 graduating class). After graduating from Smith as the Distinguished Graduate of the 2008 graduating class, he joined a top tier management consultancy and worked across the healthcare, law and justice, public sector, technology, and media sectors. Despite being challenged with problem-solving technology strategy and project management opportunities across multiple clients, he did not feel truly fulfilled.
In April 2012, our founder was frustrated with US politics, so he came up with an idea for an app that just asked people political questions. He wondered why the smartphone couldn&#039;t be used to help strengthen democracy and connect everyday people directly to their leaders. Over several months, he conducted research with over 100 people of different political, business, and socioeconomic backgrounds to improve the kernel idea. The idea was democratized so leaders or citizens could ask questions of each other. Finally, inspired by his findings, he began assembling a team to build the powerful technology. A movement was born to empower the voice of everyday people by making activism and engagement simpler than ever.
Supported by a community of over 450 people, Jesse and the Board of Directors is now in the process of working to build Powerline with the help of two dozen dedicated part-time volunteers. They believe it will systemically transform the way individuals interact with their government and other decision-makers in their lives while providing a platform for community improvement efforts.
In his spare time, Jesse enjoys working out, going to the Jersey Shore (only occasional fist pumps), and debating public policy as an independent and moderate. Call him a nerd, but he loves civic engagement so much that, if he had all the money in the world, he would still be doing exactly what he is doing right now with Powerline!