Building Bridges for America is an active nationwide all-volunteer grassroots group that formed in March 2020. We were initially lead by volunteer leads from the Pete for America campaign who were determined to immediately continue to use our grassroots skills, networks, and passions to work for progressive candidates from the White House to Georgia and local communities across the country. There are no days off, we work every day to provide programs for volunteers to continue the hard work of progress.

We are so proud that in our first year our volunteers supported
20 local candidates, had 742 people sign up to write postcards and text bank for them, had 209 people sign up for our Heartland Movement hub, hosted 466 people in our incredible book club, and had 1232 sign ups for our weekly training courses. And we're just getting started!

what Drives us

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our lenses

We strive to inform and engage ourselves in the work of delivering racial equitybridging rural and urban communities, reforming our democracy, and creating a sense of belonging

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Who we are

Started by former grassroot leaders from the Pete Buttigieg Presidential campaign, our goal is to mobilize and empower grassroots leaders through leadership development, education, resource sharing, and opportunities for activism. Everyone is welcome whether experienced or new to progressive politics and causes.

Kristi Kelly

Kristi Kelly

Director, Days of Action

Virginia
Wes Jensen

Wes Jensen

Director, Social Media and Director, Book Club

Wes is an avid sports fan (Go Huskers!), beer drinker & socializer, but defending democracy through local & national activism is just as important to him.

Nebraska
Benedict Roemer

Benedict Roemer

Director, Bridges to the Local

Benedict is an educator, learner, and advocate who seeks to build community and belonging for all residents of our cities, states, and country.

Maryland
Caz Margenau

Caz Margenau

Co-Director, Leadership Development

Caz gives people agency to take control by providing them with the know-how to take real world action. She is driven to strengthen our democracy and make progress a reality.

Colorado
Jenny Okamoto

Jenny Okamoto

Co-Director, Leadership Development

Jenny’s primary goal is to help people find their passion, talents, and strengths and help them to effect progressive change.

Indiana
Jodi Carter

Jodi Carter

Director, Heartland Movement

Jodi is a leading grassroots fundraiser and seeks to encourage political involvement with progressive campaigns and causes in the state of Kansas and the western half of Missouri.

Kansas