AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Democratic Party today officially announced new party leadership as it continues building power towards the 2022 elections. Transitioning to a new model to promote inclusion, expand reach, grow operations, and strengthen coalitions, the Texas Democratic Party has named Jamarr Brown and Hannah Roe Beck as its new permanent co-executive directors. Brown will be transitioning into the role in the coming weeks, with an official start date of July 12.
The co-executive directors are already making history in their new roles. Brown is the party’s first-ever Black executive director, and Roe Beck will be the youngest executive director in the party’s history. Brown and Roe Beck are seasoned leaders in Texas progressive politics, with multiple decades of political leadership and organizing experience between them. The two leaders will work closely together at every step to advance Texas Democratic priorities and defeat Republicans in 2022 — from defending voting rights, to organizing in every community in Texas, to registering a target of nearly 2 million new Texas Democrats to vote.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“I’m incredibly proud to welcome our two new co-executive directors of the Texas Democratic Party — who are making history as our party’s first Black executive director and youngest ever executive director. The Texas Democratic Party is dreaming as big as Texas needs us to, and fighting hard for the future of our state — from organizing in every single community in Texas, to registering 2 million new Texas Democrats to vote. As we kick into gear towards 2022, our party could not have better leaders than these two incredible Texans.
“With two co-executive directors at the helm under our new model, our party will be on even stronger footing to build coalitions, reach more Texans, and create an inclusive, collaborative movement from the ground up. I look forward to hitting the ground running, and working with Jamarr and Hannah to build Democratic power and take back our state.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Co-Executive Director Jamarr Brown issued the following statement:
“I’m beyond excited to be joining the Texas Democratic Party as Co-Executive Director alongside Hannah Roe Beck, and I’m incredibly proud to be the first-ever Black executive director in party history. Right now, because of failed Republican politicians, people’s lives are at stake — and Texas Democrats are fighting to build the governing power to save our state. As Co-Executive Director, I’m looking forward to helping cultivate the leadership of Democrats across Texas, and building an authentic and inclusive coalition of people who are leading the fight for change. We’ve got the movement to win, and I’m looking forward to going full speed ahead in the fight, together with Texas Democrats everywhere.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Co-Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck issued the following statement:
“The fight for Texas’ future has never been so urgent, and I’m deeply honored to help push that fight forward as Co-Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party. Jamarr and I will work closely together to keep strengthening our movement from the ground up. We’re building a party that represents Texas and reflects the diverse, powerful coalition of folks fighting every single day for a better future in our state. From defending voting rights to registering a target of 2 million new Texas Democrats to vote, we have the strategy to defeat Greg Abbott and get Texans the strong Democratic leadership they need and deserve. Together with our Democratic communities across the state, I look forward to working every day for the next sixteen months to make that happen in November 2022.”
Jamarr Brown’s Bio
Jamarr Brown has over a decade of experience working as a campaign strategist, leadership trainer, and nonprofit leader. Now, he is making history as the first-ever Black executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. Prior to this role, Jamarr served as the Director of Civic Engagement Programs at re:power, stewarding partnerships with progressive civic engagement and labor groups and overseeing a portfolio of programs to train and support organizers, campaign managers and staff, and candidates.
Jamarr has also served as the National Training Director for Tom Steyer’s presidential campaign, where he led a national leadership development program for staff, volunteers, community leaders and issue advocates. In a previous role as the Organizing & Training Director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV), Jamarr managed the statewide leadership development, public affairs, grassroots organizing and issue and electoral campaign work in conjunction with Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas. Under his leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters across Texas grew by 600,000. Jamarr has worked at the local, state, and national level with a range of progressive organizations — training key groups and campaigns across the country and garnering national coverage — and successfully worked with ColorOfChange to remove the Confederate Flag from South Carolina’s State House grounds. Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Jamarr earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University. He most recently served as President of the Black Austin Democrats and on the Board of Directors for Provide, Inc. and Leadership Austin. Jamarr is a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Hannah Roe Beck’s Bio
A longtime progressive organizer with deep San Antonio roots, Hannah Roe Beck will make history as the party’s youngest-ever executive director. Hannah grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) with a degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. While at UTSA, Hannah co-founded MOVE Texas (formerly MOVE San Antonio) to engage young people in the political process, ultimately becoming MOVE’s first Executive Director. After leading MOVE for three years, Hannah served as the Martinez Street Women’s Center’s first ever Development Director before managing two judicial campaigns in Bexar County to elect one of the first single mothers to the Bexar County Courthouse (Judge Mary Lou Alvarez) and the youngest Latina district court judge elected in the state (Judge Monique Diaz). Prior to joining the Texas Democrats, Hannah served as the Managing Director of Ascend PAC, an angel investment fund for local campaigns in battleground states, running the organization for one year before leading its eventual merger with Run for Something to create RFS Ascend.
Hannah joined the Texas Democratic Party in January 2020 as its Convention Director and led the first-ever and largest virtual convention in Democratic party politics in June 2020. The convention’s reach was significantly expanded, engaging hundreds of thousands of viewers and raising over $1.5 million for Texas Democrats. For the remainder of the cycle, Hannah served as the Deputy Operations Director for the TDP. In January 2021, Hannah was appointed as the Interim Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party. Her leadership has steered the staff and governance body through a restructuring of the organization, the passage of an annual budget with an eye to the 2022 elections, and the successful launch of Project Texas, the party’s core strategy to register 2 million new Texas Democrats and defeat Texas Republicans in 2022.