Jonathan Zucker is one of the most innovative minds in politics, operating at the nexus of technology, fundraising and the law. He is the pioneering force behind Democracy Engine, a cutting-edge, Web-based platform designed specifically for organizations that fundraise for candidates and causes. With his extensive background in online campaign finance and law — paired with his experience in the trenches of political fundraising — Zucker was able to identify the need for a universal, nonpartisan fundraising platform and a legal and organizational infrastructure to back it up.
Zucker's Democracy Engine offers the flexibility to serve the unique needs of lobbyists, political organizations and PACs and provides unparalleled expertise in dealing with each. With Democracy Engine, Zucker has blazed a trail in political fundraising: partnering with clients to achieve their fundraising goals while streamlining and simplifying compliance with complicated and ever-changing campaign finance regulations.
Before forming Democracy Engine, Zucker was the executive director for ActBlue, the nation’s largest source of funds for Democrats. During his tenure, Zucker transformed the organization into a fundraising powerhouse and a key element of Democratic infrastructure with more than $87 million raised. Zucker was the chief architect of ActBlue’s rapid expansion from serving only federal candidates in 2004 to a truly national platform allowing fundraising for state candidates and committees in 48 states in 2008. He authored both of ActBlue’s groundbreaking advisory opinions with the Federal Election Commission. Under his leadership, ActBlue became firmly established as a fundraising standard in political circles.
Before joining ActBlue, Zucker served as national director of operations for finance at the Democratic National Committee, where he was responsible for legal and compliance issues, vetting and data management for the DNC’s then record-breaking $100 million major-donor program in the 2004 election cycle. For more than a decade, Zucker has worked with a wide variety of progressive and Democratic organizations as a field organizer, fundraiser, administrator and attorney, including The Interfaith Alliance, Human Rights Campaign, Gill Foundation and the Democratic Leadership Council.
Zucker earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Maryland.