Director

Center for Secure and Modern Elections

    Jake Matilsky is the founding director of the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, a multi-state project that develops and funds proactive and defensive voting work. Over the past three years, the center has successfully launched, funded, and won pro-voter initiatives across the country. Before launching CSME, Jake served as the founding director of Montana Votes and Montana Voices, groups that align and resource civic engagement, and independent expenditure work in the state. In 2014, Jake managed a defensive ballot measure to protect election day registration in the state.

    Jake began his career organizing around free trade and economic justice issues and has served on candidate campaigns at the state and local level. He has consulted with foundations, organizations, and individuals seeking to optimize their investments in socially responsible policies, with a focus on maximizing impact in the democracy space. As a teenager, Jake worked on a ranch in Montana and spent his early twenties as a Hotshot Wildland Firefighter for the National Park Service.

    Jake lives in Tacoma, Washington and enjoys fly fishing, cooking, hiking, and snowboarding. He holds a B.A. in international relations from Columbia University.