MENLO PARK, Calif. —Jean Parvin Bordewich has joined The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a program officer in Special Projects and Democracy, the Foundation announced today.

Bordewich comes to the Hewlett Foundation with more than twenty-five years of experience in government. From January 21, 2009 – May 23, 2014, she served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In this position, Bordewich advised lawmakers on Senate rules and procedures; nominations; and election and campaign finance legislation. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff for U.S. Representative John Hall, who represented New York’s Hudson Valley in Congress; was a town councilwoman in Red Hook, New York; and was a regional director for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who later appointed her to the Committee on Rules and Administration staff leadership post.

During the year prior to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Bordewich had the additional role of staff director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. This committee, composed of House and Senate leadership, was responsible for organizing the 2013 Inaugural events held at the U.S. Capitol, including the swearing-in ceremonies of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

As a program officer in Special Projects and Democracy, Bordewich will manage the portfolio of grants supporting reforms of our campaign and election systems and strengthening the institution of Congress. Bordewich will report to Daniel Stid, the Director of the Hewlett Foundation’s work in this area.

“Jean is a fantastic addition to our program,” Stid said. “She has deep experience not only in campaign and election reform but also in how Congress, and in particular the Senate, operates.”

Bordewich holds a master’s degree in international business from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor of arts in classics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Invigorating democracy in America by strengthening the institution of Congress and improving the way we handle elections is a huge undertaking,” Bordewich said. “But The Hewlett Foundation is committed to supporting efforts to reduce the dangerous and damaging effects of hyperpartisanship and polarization in our political system. I’m delighted to join such an outstanding organization as it embarks on this important new venture.”

Bordewich began work at the Foundation on June 2. Bordewich is married to author and historian Fergus M. Bordewich. They have a daughter, Chloe.

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