Vice President of External Relations

Jaime Werner serves as the Vice President of External Relations for CRES. She works closely across departments and with external consultants, shaping CRES’ long-term mission and ensuring alignment within our strategic plan. Jaime plays a central role in expanding CRES’ impact through the Partnerships Program, conducting due diligence, negotiating agreements, and communicating CRES’ value proposition to potential partners.

Previously, Jaime led the Congressional Management Foundation’s (CMF) citizen engagement work, ensuring citizen advocates had access to the most up-to-date guidance and best practices when engaging with Congress. She managed CMF’s advanced advocacy training program, using proven techniques to significantly enhance effective advocacy by constituents. She served as a contributor to the Communicating with Congress series, the Democracy Awards program, the RepDemocracy coalition, and is a founding member of the Diversity in Government Relations Coalition.

Prior to CMF, Jaime served as the Director of Strategic Partner Relations at the American Retirement Association, where she focused on outreach to financial institutions working in the 403(b)/457 retirement market. In addition, she has experience in PAC fundraising for advocacy organizations and Members of Congress. She also has expertise in field organizing, and event management, issue campaigns, and Congressional races.

Originally from Ukiah, CA, Jaime made her way to Washington, DC, by way of Union College in Schenectady, NY, where she earned her B.A. in political science and philosophy with a focus on political ethics. She is a proud resident of Capitol Hill, where she enjoys the historic neighborhood and morning strolls on the National Mall with her ever-rotating Canine Companions puppy in training.

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