Jay Carmona came to political awareness living off-grid during the timber wars in the pacific northwest. After experiencing the impacts of this conflict firsthand, Jay sought education for community organizing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a campaigner and grassroots organizer, Jay has been lucky enough to work on some of the most high-profile and successful advocacy campaigns in the past few years, including StopRush, and LGBT equality campaigns. At 350.org, Jay was instrumental in the creation of the world’s first campaigns to divest public pension funds from fossil fuels, now an international effort. Jay has over a decade of movement strategy, tech, coalition-building and social justice experience. From coordinating major mobilizations in Washington DC, to working for two City Governments, Jay specializes in bringing together unlikely partners with a holistic approach to campaigning that includes a seamless blend of both online and offline grassroots organizing. Jay specializes in creating decentralized, tech-supported community organizing networks and mediagenic online campaigns.
Jay can also be found hiking and climbing trees in and around the Bay Area of California, playing video games, writing poetry, and hanging out with their dog.