State & Federal Policy Director
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Why I Do What I Do:
“As a child, I did not have a real understanding of the importance of higher education or what I would do with it. I am forever grateful that I had two parents that did, despite their vastly different backgrounds. My parents not only supported me in my journey to college, but their stories illustrated to me why it is so important to use my own education to help others attain theirs.”
Alma Mater(s): University of California, Berkeley
Your role in one sentence: Building coalitions and advocating for policies that promote college access and student success.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…reading, eating, or rooting for the Raiders and Warriors!
If not higher education then what cause? Building communities through urban design and transportation.
Jake’s deep appreciation for higher education was fostered by his parents at an early age. While both of Jake’s parents were highly supportive of their children’s education, it was his father’s experience that informed his view of college accessibility. Despite not having the opportunity to pursue higher education himself, Jake’s father understood the impact that college would have on his children’s success. After arriving on campus in Berkeley, Jake realized his drive to support changes in California higher education in order to reach to more students, like his father, and help realize their full potential.
Jake Brymner currently serves as the State & Federal Policy Director for The Campaign for College Opportunity. Prior to joining The Campaign, Jake worked as Constituent Services Manager in the Office of Congressman Eric Swalwell. While serving in Rep. Swalwell’s office, he helped launch and develop the office’s constituent services operations, as well as handle a range of policy matters including K-12 and higher education. Jake’s experience also includes working on political campaigns in the Bay Area, ranging from the local to state level. Additionally, Jake was awarded the 2011 Matsui Local Government Fellowship, which granted him the opportunity to work as a legislative intern for San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. He continues to volunteer for local campaigns and causes that help move the East Bay forward.
Jake is a Bay Area native and currently resides in Oakland. Jake holds B.A. degrees in History and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.