Political fundraising platform ActBlue names its first Black female CEO

ActBlue, the online political fundraising platform that has raised $11 billion since 2004 for Democratic campaigns and liberal organizations, announced Thursday that Regina

Wallace-Jones will take over as chief executive, making her the first Black woman to assume the role. Wallace-Jones, a former elected official and tech and finance

executive, will also serve as ActBlue’s president. She succeeds Erin Hill, who led the Massachusetts-based nonprofit group for 14 years before stepping down at the end of last

year. “There’s nothing better that I can and should be doing in this space,” Wallace-Jones said of her appointment. “It really brings together, in a very profound way,

two areas of my life that I care deeply about and that I believe I could make the most powerful impact on this country with.” Wallace-Jones, 48, comes to ActBlue from the

lending platform LendStreet Financial, where she was chief operating officer. She holds an electrical-engineering degree from Stanford University and a public policy master’s from

the UCLA, and she previously worked for eBay, Facebook and Yahoo. Wallace-Jones said she plans to leverage her years of experience in technology and public service to

fortify the security of ActBlue’s fundraisers while catering both to large campaigns and small-dollar donors, “making sure that the people who would otherwise be left out of the

picture have a way of expressing their values.”