Jennifer Mandelblatt (she/her/hers) is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Platform. In this role, she facilitates the leadership team; focuses on Platform’s growth and expansion; fosters a national community of young leaders; leads trainings on how to engage in the legislative process; organizes lobbying initiatives; advises young leaders on their own political mobilization; and consults with national organizations on their policy strategy.
Jen’s work with Platform led to the writing and introduction of the 2019 S.Res.281/ H.Res.514 calling on Congress to make a commitment to survivors of gender-based violence. Her writings on youth political engagement have been published in Ms. Magazine, Forbes, and Millennial Politics.
Jen is currently a Vital Voices & TRESemmé Leadership Incubator fellow. Previously, she worked as Youth Coordinator for Women’s March, co-founded the Young Dems Committee of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, and served as Congressional Council Liaison for the Women’s Information Network.
She received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in Inequality Studies from Cornell University in May 2017, just months before the team relaunched Platform. While in college, Jen was featured in Business Insider as one of “19 Incredibly Impressive Students at Cornell” for her campus activism.