Associate Director, Democracy
Spencer Olson is the Associate Director for ReThink Media’s Democracy Collaborative. Spencer works closely with a team of communications specialists to support national and state-based efforts around voting rights, money in politics, and fair courts.
Spencer brings a rich background in grassroots organizing, coalition management, and political communications to ReThink. Prior to joining the ReThink Media team, Spencer built the Communications Hub at Fuse Washington, an innovative state-based capacity building and communications shop that provided skill-building trainings, message research, and staff capacity to legislative and electoral campaigns. Spencer’s past campaign experiences include passing the nation’s first publicly financed democracy voucher program and winning a suite of legislative policies that transformed Washington’s voting system to include same-day registration, automatic voter registration, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds, and a state voting rights act. Outside of his work to create a more inclusive democracy, Spencer has also worked on climate change, HIV/AIDs prevention, LGBTQ equality, and progressive tax reform.
Spencer is based in Seattle, WA and spends most of his free weekends in the Cascade Mountains working on a small cabin with his partner. He’s also a big movie buff, board game enthusiast, and avid hiker.