Jacob Aaron Mansbach Pagano is an Account Associate in RALLY’s Los Angeles office with experience in strategic messaging, policy analysis and research, narrative journalism, and coalition building.
Jake first joined RALLY as a fellow where he supported United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Everyone In campaign to end homelessness. By working closely with a range of players in the space, from politicians to activists to filmmakers, he learned an invaluable skill: synthesizing diverse perspectives to tell stories that evoke empathy and catalyze change. His commitment to changing an issue space through the power of compelling narrative and voice continues to be the driving force behind his work, which includes fighting for education equity on behalf of both state and national education advocacy organizations. He also conducts research and landscape analyses on a range of issue spaces, including racial equality and climate change.
Prior to RALLY, Jake worked at West Coast Public Affairs on galvanizing voter engagement for the 2018 midterm elections, especially women voters. He also freelanced for several publications, including Narratively, Sapiens, and The Oxford Review of Books. Throughout his undergraduate years, he pursued his passion for storytelling by immersing himself in the communications sector, including as a fellow with the Raben Group in Washington, DC. and as a researcher for the New York bureau of The Mainichi Newspapers.
Jake graduated from Amherst College in 2018 with a degree in English. When he’s not at work, he enjoys writing essays and untold histories, focusing on people whose resistance to injustice offers enduring lessons. Regardless of whether he’s in his hometown of Massachusetts, Los Angeles, or a world away, he rarely comes across a body of water that does not compel him to swim.