make decisions lightly, and we will never give up.
After more than 50 years of activism including for peace, for women’s health, for science justice, for a third party (almost embarrassing!), for educational equity, I’m so glad to have found Force Multiplier.
What a great relief in these terrifying times to be able to do something concrete and big-picture to reverse the damage that’s being done in Washington. This work has been a balm for me particularly during this period of recent widowhood.
also: semi-retired psychotherapist and career consultant, 20 year Brookline public library trustee. Two grown sons, two (local!) grandchildren. I am surely blessed.
I like to combine my 30 years + experience in communications and design with my passion for grassroots activism. I'm a big believer in the power of the people and have great optimism for the future of our country...if we work hard for it.
favorite activism: working on Gov. Deval Patrick's communications team.
also: Single mom, feminist, small business owner, painter
I’ve had a 40+ year career in bookselling and publishing, the last 22 at a progressive, independent publishing house. Since retiring I’ve enjoyed practicing what I published about social justice and the power of activism. I have a passion for democracy and believe that active citizenship is contagious.
favorite activism: Canvassing for Democrats in Rocky Mount, NC in 2016 with my wife and three good friends
Over the years I have been a mechanical engineer, stay-at-home mom, condominium renovator, and general contractor. Although always politically opinionated, I felt compelled to act only after the 2016 election.
favorite activism: electoral reform like getting big money out of politics. Also registering new voters.
also: working with my hands: jewelry making, home repair, and gardening.
After the 2016 election, I was deeply upset. I felt, as many did, a troubling mix of hopelessness, fear, and anger. I needed to do something to manage how I felt about what had happened to our country. I had been an activist in the 70’s, but had not been engaged politically in almost 40 years. I found my way to Force Multiplier by chance. Through the first half of 2017, with a group of 12 people who, for the most part, did not know one another and had never done fund raising, we put together what is now Force Multiplier.
I continue to work as a psychologist, but find myself increasingly engaged in the work of Force Multiplier, and the larger challenge we face as citizens. I find great satisfaction in working alongside the members of Force Multiplier, doing many things I’ve never done before, and reaching out to people who want to join with us to bring about the change we seek.
I’m one of those middle-aged woman you read about who woke up the morning after Trump won and decided that I needed to do something. Being co-chair of Force Multiplier is an honor and privilege that I never expected. I now consider myself a political junkie. The silver lining in these troubled times is the chance to get to know so many wonderful people working together for the same goal.
also: I am a consultant specializing in financial planning for healthcare institutions, a volunteer, and live in Newton with my husband Steve Jacobson, my 21 and 16 year old sons, and two doggies that don’t understand being quiet when Mom is on a conference call.
When I left Harvard in 2018, after 27 years in senior management, I decided that no other post-retirement activity would be as meaningful or as consequential as working to Turn Washington Blue. Little did I know that I would find good friends, passionate allies and great camaraderie among my fellow Force Multipliers.
also: mom of a 26yo farmer and 23yo Congressional campaign finance director, dog rescuer, sometime gardener