Ethan Rome is the executive director of the Child Care and Early Learning Action Hub. He is a progressive campaign strategist and former executive director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-year campaign to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to HCAN, Rome directed national communications for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
For more than 30 years Rome has been a leader, coalition builder, strategic communicator and field director for legislative, political and issue campaigns, including efforts to protect Medicare and Medicaid, win better wages and benefits for child care and home care providers, and increase state revenues to support public services.
Earlier in his career, in Connecticut Rome served as legislative and policy counselor to Speaker of the House Thomas D. Ritter, built one of the first comprehensive political operations for a state legislative caucus in the country, co-directed the historic campaign to win a state income tax, and helped develop cutting-edge, bilingual voter registration programs in the Puerto Rican community.
Rome is featured on Moyers & Company as one of the 19 “Activists to Watch,” leading grassroots movements to change America.
Margarida Jorge is a consultant to the Child Care and Early Learning Action Hub on strategy, campaign development, and field organizing. She’s a 22-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in the development of field strategies for local, state and national issue advocacy.
As the national field director at Health Care for America Now (HCAN), Margarida pioneered a new field model now widely used across issues and organizations that increased capacity for over 200 grassroots organizations in 44 states to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act.
Over the past 10 years in Washington, DC, Margarida also led SEIU’s American’s for Health Care campaign, developed the field strategy for the Americans for Tax Fairness campaign, and built the intersectional “Stand with Women” campaign to integrate reproductive rights and economic justice at the Women’s Equality Center. She has also served as board member, advisor and consultant to many organizations that prioritize state field capacity as a key strategy to win including AFSCME, Community Catalyst Action Fund, People’s Action, Main Street Alliance, ROC United, PICO National Network, Faith in Public Life and many others.