Jake Faleschini is the director of the Federal Courts Program at American Progress. He joined American Progress as the director of the Courts Program for Legal Progress in July 2015. He directs American Progress’ courts strategy, with a principle focus on managing and guiding the Why Courts Matter campaign. He also coordinates with progressive allies working on fair courts projects to synchronize efforts and amplify messaging.
For the past year and a half, Faleschini worked as a consultant for the American Constitution Society, where he assisted with network advancement. He is also the former founder and principal of Sound Policy Consulting, where he developed expertise in judicial and direct democracy elections. His firm successfully managed dozens of judicial elections—including those of four current state Supreme Court justices—and initiative campaigns and assisted progressive legal nonprofits with legislative and communications campaigns. In his years of running campaigns, Faleschini never lost a judicial race—and it was not for lack of pushing the boundaries. His firm worked primarily with candidates from traditionally disenfranchised communities and attacked laws at the root of structural inequalities.
Faleschini graduated with a B.A. in international studies from Reed College and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. While in law school, he served as the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate for two terms. Faleschini was named a Next Generation Leader by the American Constitution Society in 2009. He has served in many volunteer leadership positions.
Faleschini lives with his wife, two kids, and pug in Washington, D.C.