Jeremy Bird is President of the Board at Do Big Things. Jeremy comes with extensive experience working with startups, domestic and international political campaigns, labor and policy organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. He helped launch 270 Strategies after serving as the National Field Director for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.
Dubbed the campaign’s “Field General” by Rolling Stone magazine, Jeremy was listed among “The Obama Campaign’s Real Heroes” and has been cited as “a former Harvard divinity student who took to political organizing as though it were his higher calling.” In 2013, he was featured in Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, which highlights 40 individuals the magazine considers to be the most influential executives and “the year’s most important young innovators, risk-takers, and rule-breakers in business.”
Jeremy is the founder of Battleground Texas, a long-term grassroots effort to get out the vote and register millions of Texans whose voices have been silenced in the political process. His work with the organization has garnered extensive media attention, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, The Colbert Report, MSNBC, and Bloomberg News.
Jeremy co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of iVote, a voting rights organization dedicated to the notion that every eligible citizen should vote. He explored the issue of voting rights as part of his 2014 TEDx Talk and penned an op-ed on the topic for The New Republic, “We Can’t Just Play Defense on Voting Access. It’s Time to Make Voting Easier.”
While at 270, Jeremy has been an advisor on several mayoral, gubernatorial, and Congressional races. He also works on issue campaigns, like the Scouts for Equality’s successful push to reverse a decades-long anti-gay discrimination policy by the Boy Scouts of America.
Never afraid to take on the most challenging organizing efforts, Jeremy has served as an advisor for organizations across the globe. In recent years, he has been engaged in work with OneVoice, now Darkenu and Zimam Palestine, a movement focused on bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict. That work led to a partnership with Victory 2015, an unprecedented grassroots organizing effort that reached out to more than 750,000 targeted voters in the 2015 Israeli elections.
The Wall Street Journal described Jeremy’s theory of organizing as “one part data, and one part emotional connection. He keeps close track of which states are making their targets each day, but also preaches the value of relationships – between the campaign and its volunteers, and between volunteers and voters.” His contributions to this groundbreaking organizing model led Rolling Stone to recognize him on its 2012 “Hot List,” calling him “the Obama campaign’s secret weapon” with “a massive army of staff and grassroots volunteers for which Romney has no answer.”
Prior to organizing with President Obama, Jeremy worked for several issue campaigns and candidates at the federal and local level, including the presidential campaigns of then-Senator John Kerry and former Governor Howard Dean. He also has experience advocating for educational equality and worked as a field director for the United Food and Commercial Workers international union.
Jeremy is a graduate of Wabash College, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and Harvard Divinity School. He grew up in a trailer park in High Ridge, Missouri and is passionate about grassroots politics, traveling the world, and talking about sports – especially his hometown St. Louis Cardinals and his newfound love of soccer.