Jared Solomon is the Vice President of Budget Policy for First Focus.
Prior to First Focus, Jared worked on the Critical Response Team in the Office of the Chancellor at DC Public Schools. There, Jared helped to ensure accountability within DCPS and worked with parents, students, teachers, and staff to mediate and resolve problems. He frequently collaborated with community organizations and other government agencies to improve services for students. As a project manager, Jared designed staff training and oversaw teams dealing with student enrollment, grants management and food service. He is most proud of LEAP, a high school internship program he helped create, which focuses on teaching students professionalism and making them college ready.
From 2007 to 2009, Jared taught social studies at Northwestern High School in Baltimore as a member of Teach for America. While teaching, he helped reestablish the award winning Northwestern Debate team. In summer 2008, Jared interned with the House Judiciary Committee, where he conducted oversight research, prepared staff briefings, and helped plan Committee Hearings. Jared has worked on numerous political campaigns, and in 2004 was a Field Organizer in Pennsylvania for the Kerry for President Campaign, responsible for one of the campaign’s regional offices.
Jared graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in History and Political Science and a minor in Economics. He received his MAT from Johns Hopkins University. Jared resides in Washington, DC with his wife and their dog.