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Jean Parvin Bordewich

Program Officer, Madison Initiative

Jean Parvin Bordewich is a program officer for democracy-related grantmaking.

Bordewich spent over 20 years as a Congressional staff member.  Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, she served for more than five years as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.  In that capacity, she worked on campaign finance disclosure legislation, a new law to broaden access to voting for military and overseas voters, Senate rules and regulations including filibuster reform, improving election administration, streamlining the process for confirmation of Presidential nominations, Senate operations and administration, preservation and acquisition of historic works of art, and oversight for the Federal Election Commission, Election Assistance Commission, Library of Congress, Government Printing Office, Smithsonian Institution and other agencies.

Bordewich also served as staff director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which was responsible for all 2013 Presidential Inaugural events at the U.S. Capitol. 

Earlier in her career, Bordewich was elected to three terms as a councilwoman in New York’s Hudson Valley, ran for Congress in 1998, was a delegate to two national Presidential nomination conventions, and served as chief of staff and campaign director for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  She also has worked as a writer and editor for magazines and newspapers, and as a business executive.

Bordewich earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from Brown University and a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University.