Mayrose Wegmann, an Iowa native, is an activist and lifelong organizer in the progressive movement. Having grown up in poverty herself, she has committed her life's work to help bring about justice legally, politically, socially, racially, and educationally for all people.
Mayrose began her union career at the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) in the Government Relations and Political Action Division. In 2002, Mayrose worked on the successful re-election bids for Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). As an Iowa native and veteran Iowa Caucus strategist, she became one of the first organizers on the ground in Iowa for Howard Dean's presidential bid. From 2004-2018, Mayrose worked as an Organizational Specialist at the National Education Association (NEA) where she focused on community, union membership, and electoral organizing campaigns. In 2018, Mayrose became the Northwest Region Director at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) where she leads in 6 counties and more than 200 local associations.
Mayrose is an expert in crisis organizing campaigns. She has worked on successful collective bargaining contract, legislative, or electoral campaigns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Mayrose is known as one of the top trainers and facilitators in the nation. While at NEA, she trained thousands of local education leaders and activists in organizing for power, campaign plan development, and implementation, and building long term capacity at the local community level.
Mayrose has more than 20 years of experience as a political strategist and campaign manager. In 2016, Mayrose served as a Floor Whip at the Democratic National Convention and then went to Iowa where she was a Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton's campaign for President.
Mayrose is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she was elected as the University of Iowa's Student Body Vice President. Through this position, Mayrose fought to keep tuition affordable and to increase student financial aid for those most in need. In this advocacy role, she became a national spokesperson for college affordability where she contributed for CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post, and US News and World Report.
Mayrose currently lives in Caldwell, New Jersey with her partner Conrad. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, debating politics, and exploring the world in search of the best beach.