Jenna Lauter

senior associate

Jenna Lauter: senior associate, nonprofitsJenna Lauter brings both national experience and local insight to Kasirer’s nonprofits team. As a national organizer of the Women’s March on Washington, she is connected to the pulse of the progressive advocacy community. She has lent her experience to causes including the Lower Eastside Girls Club and the March for Science, a worldwide demonstration that took place in April 2017 in over 600 cities on all seven continents.

Previously, Jenna served on the Hillary for America campaign as New York’s Deputy Organizing Director, where she oversaw the volunteer export program in support of neighboring battleground states. Before joining the campaign, Jenna worked as an Associate with a local lobbying firm, bringing to fruition all aspects of issue advocacy campaigns that achieved state legislation and regulatory change.

Jenna began her career as an Excelsior Service Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for Briefing – the first non-lawyer and longest serving in this role. In this capacity, she gleaned unique insight into the issues and decisions facing New York’s top elected official each day. After two years, she was promoted to Special Assistant for State Operations, where she supported the development and implementation of the Governor’s priority initiatives across diverse portfolios. She spearheaded the drafting process for the 2016 State of the State policy book, working with staff across state agencies and the Division of the Budget to vet and refine over 140 policy proposals, many of which are now law. Jenna’s tenure in the Executive Chamber led her to develop a nuanced understanding of the personal and bureaucratic considerations that frequently drive decision-makers; as well as the press-policy-political dynamics pivotal to creating change.

Jenna graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Political Science and Human Rights.