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Jon Liss, Co-Executive Director

Jon Liss is the Co-Executive Director of New Virginia Majority Education Fund. Jon has over 30 years of experience as a leader in the progressive field, with expertise in issue-based advocacy and organizing and a deep commitment to leading with equity. 

A proud University of Virginia alum, Jon broke down barriers as a student organizer by spearheading a campaign to create an African-American Studies Department and led a year-round campaign regarding the United States divestment from South African-related stocks. 

In 1986, Jon co-founded Tenants and Workers United (TWU), a low-income racial and gender justice organization based in the Arlandria-Chirlagua neighborhood. For the next 25 years, Jon successfully led the organization as the executive director. 

In 1994, Jon was instrumental in organizing a Committee Against Police Violence in Alexandria, which was to address police violence after the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old youth from El Salvador. 

He co-founded New Virginia Majority in 2007 and currently serves as the organization's co-executive director and a member of the board of directors.