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Building Bridges for America is an active nationwide all-volunteer grassroots group that formed in March 2020. We were initially led by volunteer leads from the Pete for America campaign who were determined to 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.

Our dedicated team trains and engages voters, volunteers, and leaders. We have hosted over 400 events and courses attended by thousands of Democrats from all 50 states. Our focus on volunteers with free virtual programs with a low bar of entry has allowed us to reach Democrats where traditional organizing cannot.

We fill a unique and needed niche in Democratic organizing. In order to provide the sustainability the role requires, we partnered with Public Democracy America to formalize our grassroots group in 2023 as Building Bridges for America Action Fund, a non-profit 501c(4).





 

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.

Wes Jensen
Nebraska

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.

Caz Margenau
Indiana

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.

Jenny Okamoto
Indiana

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.

Jodi Carter
Kansas

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.

Melissa Hoin
Ohio

Melissa Hoin

Vetting Director, Roadmap for Progress

Melissa is a history and research nerd and avid sports fan who loves to connect inspirational candidates with volunteers to bring positive change to communities and politics.

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