Born in the Bay Area and raised in California’s Central Valley, Jennifer Pae's commitment to empowering her community through civic engagement was shaped by her single immigrant mother. Pae is a first-generation college graduate from the University of California, San Diego where she led campaigns to expand access to higher education and improve campus safety policies by organizing events to prevent violence against women. Subsequently, she was the first Asian-American woman elected to serve as the student body president.
She has served as the president of the United States Student Association, Project Director for PowerPAC, founding staff member of 18MillionRising.org, and Project Manager for Voter Service at the League of Women Voters of California, where she continued her work to engage young people, women, and people of color in the political process. She has also consulted with several groups, including Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and the East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium, on issues of capacity building, redistricting, and electoral reform. In 2010, she ran for Oakland City Council, the first year that ranked choice voting was implemented in the city.
In addition to serving as the FairVote California Director, Jennifer continues to travel around the country with Camp Wellstone, New American Leaders Project, and APIA Vote, training hundreds of activists to run effective and strategic campaigns.