For nearly 30 years, Margarida Jorge has led political and advocacy campaigns to win policies that improve people’s lives. She currently serves as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the leading organization in passage of the historic Affordable Care Act, which expanded healthcare to 35 million people and consumer protections to another 150 million.
Margarida is a well-known campaign expert, coalition builder and political strategist who has played a leading role in passing landmark policies that impact millions of people including prescription drug reform, progressive tax measures and criminal justice policies that restore rights and expand second chances to millions of justice-impacted individuals. She has served in senior roles in many organizations in working to address inequities and lift barriers to opportunity including the Clean Slate Initiative, Lower Drug Prices Now, Vision First, the Early Learning and Childcare Hub, Working America, the Women’s Equality Center, Americans for Tax Fairness, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Before moving to Washington, DC in 2007, Margarida spent 15 years as a grassroots and labor organizer working in more than 20 states. She is a first-generation immigrant, speaks three languages and holds two degrees from Columbia University.