WASHINGTON – J Street is pleased to announce that Aaron Davis has joined its staff as National Political Director. Davis comes to J Street from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he served as Director of the Agency’s Congressional Affairs Division.
Davis, who replaces J Street’s outgoing National Political Director Ben Shnider, will take the helm of the largest pro-Israel PAC in the country. He will oversee JStreetPAC’s efforts to elect a pro-Israel, pro-peace Congress in the critical 2018 elections. In 2016, JStreetPAC raised over $3.5 million and endorsed 126 candidates, both organizational records. Fighting to show elected officials that there is significant political support for those who take pro-diplomacy stances, JStreetPAC helped ensure that not a single member of Congress who voted for the Iran deal was defeated by a deal opponent.
J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said of Davis: “As we gear up for one of the most important elections of our lifetime, I’m thrilled that we’ll have Aaron Davis running J Street’s political operation. With so much at stake in the coming months, I’m confident that Aaron will help JStreetPAC reach new heights in the political battles ahead.”
Davis has had an extensive career working in politics and policy. He spent five years at FEMA, where he served as the primary advisor to senior Agency leadership on matters of congressional engagement and strategy. Davis and his team were responsible for providing forecasts and advice on legislative environment, activity and actions related to the Agency’s mission and programs.
Prior to joining FEMA, Davis held several positions on Capitol Hill. He previously worked as Legislative Director for former Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) and for former Rep. Christopher Carney (PA-10). He has also worked for Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) and former Rep. Lynn Rivers (MI-13).