Post Profile: Jehmu Greene, President, Rock the Vote Foundation

Jehmu Greene was named president of Rock the Vote in September 2003. Among her myriad responsibilities, she oversees the operation of Rock the Vote and its satellite office in Washington, D.C., and manages the organization’s $5 million annual budget. Jehmu also manages the foundation’s 31-person-strong board of directors, which includes some of the most influential leaders and executives in the entertainment and media communities. Jehmu serves as the spokesperson for Rock the Vote and has appeared on numerous television programs, including CNN’s Inside Politics and 360 With Anderson Cooper, MSNBC, Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor, NBC News and on ABC Radio. In print, she has been quoted and provided commentary for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Time magazine, among others.Jehmu joined the Rock the Vote staff in the summer of 2000. She served as director of partnerships and public relations, political director, deputy director responsible for Rock the Vote’s partnerships and programs, and finally executive director before being named president. Jehmu’s ties to Rock the Vote, however, go as far back as 1990, when as a college student at the University of Texas in Austin, she was registered to vote for the first time by a Rock the Vote volunteer.

Jehmu strong background in public service and youth advocacy has propelled her to the ranks of the leading experts in youth activism in the country. Prior to joining Rock the Vote, she was the director of women’s outreach and Southern political director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She is on the executive committees of Vote for America, Freedom’s Answer and the Youth Vote Coalition. She also served as program director for the Center for Policy Alternatives’ Youth Voices Project and National Student Voter Education Day; volunteer coordinator for the University of Texas’s Neighborhood Longhorns Project; and executive director of the Texas Young Democrats. She has worked on numerous campaigns, including Clinton/Gore ’96, Harvey Gantt for U.S. Senate, Lloyd Doggett for Congress, Jim Mattox for U.S. Senate and Ann Richards for Governor. Outside of Rock the Vote, Jehmu is a partner at Urban Hang Suite, an Internet networking service for young professionals in Washington, D.C.; a co-founder and advisory board member of the 2030 Center, an economic and public policy organization for young adults; and serves on the Youth Advisory Board for the Partnership for Public Service. Jehmu has also served on the advisory board of Campus Green Vote and on the board of directors of The Entrepreneurial Development Institute.

Jehmu was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Austin, Texas. Politics, public policy and activism have been the mainstay of her life. As the daughter of Liberian political exiles, she has had first-hand knowledge of the realities of war and social disorder. By witnessing her family’s ordeal in Liberia, she gained a true sense of democracy and the freedoms that are inherent in it.