Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President
Jessica O’Connell is the Chief of Staff and a Senior Vice President at American Progress. Previously, as the national field director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, she helped organize influential statewide networks of more than 400 nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and think tanks on international affairs budget issues.
From 2007 to 2008, O’Connell served as the national director of operations for Hillary Clinton for President, where she managed daily operations at the headquarters and helped the presidential campaign grow from 10 people in two states to more than 1,500 staff in more than 400 offices nationwide. Over the past decade, O’Connell has helped elect U.S. federal and statewide political candidates throughout the country and served as a political and management consultant, including work in Italy, Spain, and Brazil.
Previously, O’Connell served as the chief operating officer for progressive, internet company, EchoDitto, where she managed daily operations and the client services team that led strategic and campaign planning for national, progressive clients. Throughout her career, O’Connell has helped raise millions of dollars for progressive issues, candidates, and causes, including work in development positions with EMILY’s List and the Children’s Defense Fund. She is also the founder of Youth Trek, an organization that works with youth in Washington, D.C., to promote the character development and self-discovery of undeserved girls through travel experiences and access to women leaders. O’Connell holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver.