Jacob Merkle is an organizer at When We All Vote, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Michelle Obama in 2018. As a National Regional Organizer, he works with the My School Votes team to empower diverse student leaders, close the race and age voting gaps, register thousands of students, and change the culture around voting.
Jacob went to Pomona College, where he was a committed activist and student athlete. As a double major, he was awarded the Fred Krinsky Prize in Comparative Politics and the John A. Vieg Prize in International Relations. In addition to working 3-4 work-study jobs at a time during college, Jacob interned for the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the International Rescue Committee, the Eurasian Research & Analysis Institute, and CSIS Pacific Forum.
In 2018, Jacob became an Organizer for Beto O'Rourke's senate campaign. He co-managed a field office of over 80 awe-inspiring canvassers every day, coordinated thousands of remote canvassing shifts across Texas, and expanded volunteer recruitment efforts. After working for Bellevue LifeSpring - an organization that gets food, shelter, clothes, and emergency services to children who need them - he spent most of 2019 attending to family duties and focusing on contemplative practices. From Seattle, Jacob will dedicate his life to nonviolent organizing, grassroots movement-building, and the political prioritizing of mental health.