Jon Isaacs is Jon is a cofounder and principal of Innovative Campaign Strategies, a Portland-based political consulting firm focused on helping progressive leaders and organzations achieve social change victories. He started ICS after serving as the executive director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters (where he still serves as a strategic advisor). Previously, Jon served as the first state director in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Jon took that position after managing Merkley’s successful campaign against Senator Gordon Smith in 2008. That campaign was the first to unseat an incumbent United States Senator in Oregon in 40 years. Jon also served as executive director of FuturePAC, the political committee for the Oregon House Democrats - where he erased a ten seat Republican majority and lead the Democrats back to the majority for the first time in 16 years. Jon has worked for a number of political organizations and candidates in Oregon and Washington, D.C. In 2007, Jon was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections magazine. In 2010, Jon received the “YoungAlumni of the Year” award from the Oregon State University Alumni Association. The award “recognizes alumni, age 35 or younger, for exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or volunteer activities, which bring credit to Oregon State University.” Jon currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Children’s Trust Fund and the Oregon Student Foundation. When he’s not helping progressive leaders achieve their goals, Jon spends his time with his wife, Vinay, and their son, Jay - and managing and playing on two adult soccer teams.
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