Jason Bennett first plunged into politics when he interned at US Senator Patty Murray’s office in the spring of 1997. Shortly following the internship, Jason accepted a position in the Washington State Legislature with the office of State Rep. Jeff Morris. Nearly two years later, Jason caught the campaign bug and moved over to the House Democratic Campaign Committee as their Operations Director where he helped secure the majority for House Democrats in Nov. 2001.
In early 2005, he decided to form Argo Strategies. In his spare time, Jason has served on the Seattle Mayor’s Citizens Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board, was an elected Queen Anne Community Councilmember and was a “site restoration steward” for Pipers Creek in Carkeek Park. He has served on the boards of Equal Rights Washington, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, the Young Democrats of Washington, and the 36th District Democrats. Jason also served as Executive Director for the Institute for a Democratic Future. Jason has been honored with the 2010 Magnuson Award by the Washington State Democrats for “Democrat of the Year,” the Young Democrats of Washington’s 2006 “Half Lifetime Achievement Award, Aristotle’s “Dream Team for Compliance” Award, and more than 30 Reed, Pollie, and Goldie Awards for his campaign work.
Juliana Da Cruz
Juliana da Cruz operates as finance and compliance director at Argo Strategies. She first joined the Argo team as an intern in 2016. After a successful legislative campaign and a lot of data entry, she caught the campaign bug and has stayed ever since. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a minor in English.
Prior to joining Argo as an associate, Juliana interned for State Senator Jamie Pedersen and Congressman Denny Heck. She also studied abroad in Greece and spent a summer volunteering at an Otolarynogology clinic in rural Bolivia.
Juliana lives in Ballard and is a dog enthusiast.
Jessica was born and raised in the South Sound. She attended Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington Tacoma where she received her BASW and MSW degrees. She began her professional career working in community organizing around social justice issues, particular those impacting women and the LGBTQ community. In 2009 she helped organize field work for the Approve Referendum 71 Campaign, which successfully secured domestic partnership benefits for same sex couples.
Shortly after, she was hired as Campaign Manager for Laurie Jinkins in her first race for Washington State House of Representatives and later served as her Legislative Aide. In 2013, she was hired as the Development Director for YWCA Pierce County where she has worked for the past six years.
She is currently a board member of South Sound Women’s Leadership, a Political Action Committee committed to electing progressive women in the Pierce County area and working to end and prevent sexual harassment in politics.
Barbara Gilchrist serves as a Campaign Director at Argo Strategies. She was raised in DuPont, Washington and attended Pacific Lutheran University, earning three Bachelor’s in International Affairs, Political Science, and Psychology. Barbara’s advocacy has been centered around the experiences of people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and students. She successfully lobbied for Senate Bill 5395, which implemented Comprehensive Sexual Health Education in Washington schools and has been a strong advocate for fully funding the Washington State Need Grant and expanding its recipients. Prior to joining Argo, Barbara served as the 2018 Campaign Manager for Representative Melanie Morgan and galvanized voters to support Morgan’s platform and elect her to office.
Compliance and Campaign Assistant
Indiana (Indie) Lau is a budding entrepreneur who believes that businesses play a significant role in supporting communities and helps strengthen the social fabric. She maintains an online business where a fraction of her profits are donated to various nonprofit organizations that support social justice issues prevalent today. Indie is also a rising junior at Occidental College majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs and minoring in Public Health. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she plans to go to law school.
Compliance and Campaign Assistant
Caleb Sherman is a Seattle native, whose love of backpacking and the outdoors has led him to environmental advocacy. His interest in writing made him a Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse major at Whitman College, where he is a Junior. He is focusing on the way that the presentation of political ideas is almost as important as the ideas themselves when trying to make a change. He looks forward to a career in public advocacy.
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