Jean Parvin Bordewich

Program Officer, Madison Initiative

Jean Parvin Bordewich is a Program Officer for the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants related to U.S. democracy reform, with a particular emphasis on strengthening the institution of Congress and reform of electoral systems.

Previously, Jean spent over 20 years as a Congressional staff member.  Most recently, she served for more than five years as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In that capacity, she worked on campaign finance disclosure legislation, a new law to broaden access to voting for military and overseas voters, Senate rules and regulations including filibuster reform, improving election administration, streamlining the process for confirmation of Presidential nominations, Senate operations and administration, and oversight for the Federal Election Commission, the Library of Congress, and other agencies. She also served as staff director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which was responsible for all 2013 Presidential Inaugural events at the U.S. Capitol.

Earlier in her career, Jean was elected to three terms as a councilwoman in New York’s Hudson Valley, ran for Congress in 1998, was a delegate to two national Presidential nominating conventions, and served as chief of staff and campaign director for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She also has worked as a writer and editor for magazines and newspapers, and as a business executive. Since 2014, Jean has written and produced two plays in the Washington, D.C. Capital Fringe Festival, including a political drama about McCarthyism in the U.S. Senate.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from Brown University and a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University.

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