Melissa Jackowski

Melissa Jackowski is the AAUW grassroots advocacy manager. Prior to joining AAUW, Melissa spent over a decade developing her advocacy skills with a diverse group of clients – unions, political parties, and non-profit corporations – organizing for candidate, issue, and ballot initiative campaigns. Her experience ranges from community-level organizing up through presidential campaign field direction. She has supported women in politics and the advancement of women's issues as a graduate of the Emerge program and the Women's Campaign School at Yale. Melissa earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Texas State University and her master's in political management from George Washington University. One of Melissa’s responsibilities at AAUW is to support AAUW members’ advocacy activities in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming. If you live in one of Melissa’s states, contact her via e-mail or call her at 202.785.7763.

Voter Registration on College Campuses

Learn more about how to pursue voter registration on college campuses and help institutions meet their obligations under the Higher Education Act. Read more »

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5 Things You Can Do to Get Out the Midterm Vote

AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund are renewing our efforts in 2014 for the critical midterm elections — a time when young women are not as likely to vote as in presidential election years. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   August 26, 2014

Branch Public Policy Chair Manual

This manual is for AAUW members serving as branch public policy chairs (BPPC). It provides an overview of the branch public policy chair role, the basics of public policy and advocacy, and sample tactics to take action. Read more »

State Public Policy Chair Manual

This manual is for AAUW members serving as state public policy chairs (SPPCs). It is intended to provide an overview of the state public policy chair role, the basics of public policy and advocacy, and sample tactics to take action. Read more »

Washington Update (August 8, 2014)

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak on a nationwide call with this year’s incoming AAUW State Public Policy Chairs (SPPCs). I always love engaging with AAUW members, […] Read more »

  |     |   August 08, 2014

Your Every Question Answered: Advocacy How-to Guides

Find a complete set of resources to guide you in advocating for women and girls through a variety of tactics and actions. Read more »

Fact Sheet: The Road Map to Pay Equity

This fact sheet presents the different legislative and executive actions as a “road map to pay equity,” with check marks next to the actions that have already been accomplished – such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – and empty boxes next to the ones that have yet to be accomplished. Read more »

  |   ,   |   April 09, 2014

7 Leadership Essentials for Public Policy Chairs

Public policy chairs advocate for AAUW’s public policy priorities to policymakers; represent AAUW public policy priorities to AAUW members, the public, and the media; organize AAUW members to take action on policy priorities; and lead AAUW voter education and turnout campaigns in their state or branch. Through their leadership, public policy chairs ensure that we have national, state, and local public policies that empower women and girls. Here are a few Read more »