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About

Jesse was born and raised in Alaska. He graduated high school in Anchorage, then earned a B.A. in Politics and Theatre from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Along the way, he volunteered for the Anchorage Youth Court, worked in the tourism industry, and crewed three seasons on a gillnetter in Bristol Bay.


During college, he interned for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C., then for Gov. Tony Knowles in Juneau.


In the late ’90s, Jesse moved to Juneau to work in Gov. Knowles' office full time. He later staffed the State Board of Education & Early Development before going to work for Sen. Kim Elton in the Alaska Legislature. He now staffs Sen. Dennis Egan. Since 2011, he has served on the City & Borough of Juneau Assembly where he currently chairs the Finance Committee.


Jesse also chaired the special Marijuana Policy Committee, guiding the process of setting city rules for the newly-legal industry. He chaired the special committee that led to the unanimous decision to hire the current City Attorney.


On the Assembly, Jesse introduced and passed ordinances to:


  • Help police get stolen property back to its rightful owners
  • Protect equal rights to housing, work, and credit for all
  • Make it easier to start and expand child care businesses
  • Protect waterfowl hunting on the Mendenhall Wetlands

Jesse previously served six years on the board of the Juneau Jewish Community, including as chairman. He taught religious school, and has volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, KTOO, and appeared on stage at Perseverance Theatre.


He and Karen Allen married in 1999. Their two daughters, ages 13 and 16, were both born in Juneau. The family likes to hike, bike, read, and go to the theater together.