Colleen Jackson's primary position at the Sanders Institute is as Research Director, collaborating with fellows on issue-based content for multimedia use, email, social media promotion, and interviews. Colleen has created and designed content on Medicare for all, climate change, minimum wage, immigration, gun control, criminal and social justice, and student debt. Additionally, she has stepped into various roles in marketing, branding and design, communications, and fundraising.
Colleeen executed on all aspects of the Sanders Institute Gathering, an historic conference that brought together national and international progressive thought-leaders, under the direction of executive director David Driscoll. This included contributing to event production, stage management, and serving as the main conduit for social media, content creation, and volunteer coordination. Colleen also provided input on the overall direction of the conference based on the founders’ vision including panel discussion topics and speaker selection, methods for attendee outreach, branding and design, digital strategy, and content capture.
Colleen joined the Sanders Institute from the Research Department of The Glover Park Group (GPG), a strategic communications firm in D.C. At GPG her work focused on women's issues, education, the financial sector, and environmental policy. Prior to GPG, Colleen interned at the Brookings Institution and worked as a staff assistant for Former Secretary of State John Kerry. Colleen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Villanova University in 2013 as the valedictorian of Political Science and received a Graduate Certificate in survey design and data analysis from George Washington University.