Jesse Rawlins, MSW is the Public Policy Manager, providing public policy advocacy for many of the organization's projects. Jesse engages in stakeholder and community engagement, public policy advancement, and programmatic design for the organization's safety and health initiative priorities. Previously at the organization, Jesse project managed for LEAD locally. Jesse came to PDA with over ten years of extensive leadership experience in community engagement, public policy, and stakeholder relations.
Most recently, Jesse was a Legislative Aide at the Seattle City Council, where he managed a public policy portfolio including civil rights, public health, homelessness, and other human services policy areas. He also led outreach for the first Latinx person elected to the Seattle City Council. Jesse holds a Master of Social Work from the nation's top-ranked social work school at the University of Washington, and earned a Bachelor of Sociology from Georgia State University, which grounded his work with an intersectional lens for social justice.
Originally from the South, Jesse previously resided in Georgia where he was an active community organizer advancing anti-poverty, LGBTQ, feminist, and anti-racist work. This leadership earned Jesse recognition as on the top 50 civil rights leaders for LGBTQ justice alongside President Jimmy Carter and Congressman John Lewis by an Atlanta publication in 2014. To PDA, Jesse brings a passion for moving beyond short-gap criminal/legal system reform, implementing reality-based approaches to public health, and an intersectional lens for social justice. He also enjoys exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer with his "Frenchton" dog named Petunia.