As President of FWD.us, Todd Schulte manages the organization’s staff and departments, its internal operations, and its political engagements in Washington and throughout the country.
Mr. Schulte previously served as Chief of Staff at Priorities USA Action, the Super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election. Prior to that he served as Congressman Scott Murphy's (NY-20) Chief of Staff and worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He resides in Washington, DC with his beautiful chocolate lab Pippa, even more beautiful wife Lindsey, and their beautiful daughter, Sylvia.
With extensive experience on statewide and national campaigns, Mr. Jesmer manages FWD.us’ immigration reform strategy and policy and legislative operations, while overseeing grassroots operations in research and earned and paid media.
As the former Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Mr. Jesmer also cultivates relationships for FWD.us on the Republican side of the aisle, and advises FWD.us staff on reaching out to conservatives.
Alida Garcia is the former National Latino Vote Deputy Director of Obama For America's 2012 reelection campaign. As FWD.us’s Director of Coalitions & Policy, Garcia advises on immigration policy and oversees our external relationships with a diverse coalition of allied groups and individuals dedicated to passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Jen Martin manages the Organizing Department at FWD.us, which operates across seven different tech hubs to engage tech talent in immigration advocacy. Previously Deputy Director of Coalitions and Policy, Jen’s extensive policy background includes building bipartisan coalitions and running successful field and GOTV efforts during congressional campaigns. Jen now leads our talented team of organizers and is passionate about applying her policy expertise to FWD.us' efforts on the ground.
Sasha directs the development of our long-term policy agenda. He has previously worked as an attorney at SEIU, an advisor to the president of the Center for American Progress, and a grant maker at the Open Society Foundations.
Michael Rekola most recently worked as the communications director for Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27). Rekola also served as Deputy Press Secretary for Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) both in his personal office and for the House Oversight Committee. Additionally Rekola is a barred attorney who has advocated in front of the Boston Immigration Court.