By: Vision & Purpose LifeStyle Magazine and Media Digital Staff | January 20, 2023
ActBlue has announced that Regina Wallace-Jones will serve as its next CEO and President. Wallace-Jones, a technology executive, former elected official, and Democratic organizer succeeds Erin Hill, who led the organization for 14 years. Hill announced in July her intention to step down at the end of 2022.
Since its founding in 2004, ActBlue has transformed political fundraising, helping Democratic campaigns and progressive organizations raise more than $11 billion and more than 21 million small-dollar donors make an impact on the causes they care about. Wallace-Jones will bring a unique mix of experiences from the tech sector, public service, and the organizing community to the role. She has had a dual-track career, both working as an engineer and executive for some of the biggest companies in the tech industry and also running for local office, serving as mayor of East Palo Alto, CA, and dedicating her time and energy to helping elect Democratic candidates.
“I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at ActBlue and to put my range of experiences to work to help drive progressive change, solve problems for our users, and make sure more people can easily and effectively engage in the political process,” Wallace-Jones said of her new role at ActBlue.
Regina’s powerful combination of skills and deep commitment to progressive change positions her to lead ActBlue and help envision its next decade. She is an accomplished product and security leader, having held executive positions at Lendstreet, Mindbody, eBay, Facebook, and Yahoo. Her background equips her to deliver solutions for ActBlue’s users while ensuring it remains a trusted and secure platform. This moment calls for innovation and creativity to ensure Democrats and progressives have a strategic advantage when it comes to fundraising.Wallace-Jones is well versed in successfully leading teams to accomplish those goals.
About Regina Wallace-Jones
Regina Wallace-Jones is the new CEO and President of ActBlue, the organization established in 2004 that builds a fundraising platform for Democratic candidates, progressive organizations, and the small-dollar donors that support them. Wallace-Jones has been recognized for her former leadership roles at some of the world’s largest tech companies and her dedication to public service drove her to serve as mayor of East Palo Alto.
In her decades-long career in tech, Regina has had a focus on product and security. She has built tools and platforms that are able to scale to meet the needs of businesses both small and large and brings the security and reliability expertise to deliver on the requirements of the largest companies — and campaigns — in the world. Prior to becoming CEO and President of ActBlue, Wallace-Jones was the Chief Operating Officer at LendStreet, a company that helped people get out of debt, rebuild their credit, and get a fresh start. Before that, Wallace-Jones was formerly Senior Vice President at Mindbody, Inc., and worked as an executive at leading tech companies including Yahoo, eBay, and Facebook, with a focus on product and security. She began her career as an electrical engineer.
In addition to her tech career, she has led a career in public service. She ran for local office in 2018 and was elected to her hometown of East Palo Alto’s city council. She was then appointed by her peers as mayor and led the city through the COVID pandemic. In 2012 Wallace-Jones was the lead organizer in her city for President Barack Obama’s campaign, where she discovered her passion for organizing work. She went on to organize and fundraise for several more campaigns across the country.
Wallace-Jones is a longtime resident of East Palo Alto, a city born out of redlining, which was incorporated by leaders who wanted to develop a community where Black people and people of color would thrive. Wallace-Jones, believing in those possibilities and opportunities, remains in East Palo Alto where she and her husband are raising two daughters. In her spare time, she is a mentor with StreetCode Academy working to close the digital divide, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority. Wallace-Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s from UCLA in Public Policy with emphasis in Technology Policy.
ActBlue is an American nonprofit technology organization established in June 2004 that enables left-leaning nonprofits, Democratic candidates, and progressive groups to raise money from individual donors on the Internet by providing them with online fundraising software.