Jonah Minkoff-Zern

Co-Director, Democracy Is For People Campaign


Jonah Minkoff-Zern is co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign, where he works to build a national movement for our democracy by building grassroots support nationwide to get money out of politics and ensure all voters have access to the ballot. He has mobilized people to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, helped win voting rights and other election reforms in New York state and coordinated national support for the Second Chances Florida ballot initiative, which restored the eligibility to vote to Floridians with felony convictions.

Minkoff-Zern is a longtime organizer who has co-founded numerous organizations including Education Not Incarceration, which conducted grassroots organizing nationally to prevent students from being pushed out of the education system and into the prison system, and Student Alliance to Reform Corporations, a national student organization that played an important role in organizing people to protest the World Trade Organization in Seattle. He completed law school at Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco.