ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today announced the hiring of Jason Linde as Vice President of Political Affairs in the Government Relations department. In this role, Linde will oversee NRECA’s grassroots, political, and statewide outreach programs, along with ACRE®, NRECA’s PAC.
“From the democratic elections of our boards, to our fight to provide affordable and reliable power, electric cooperatives are inherently political,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “Jason brings great experience to our Political Affairs team. We’re excited for him to join the electric cooperative family as we work to leverage our grassroots and political programs to engage with the new administration and Congress.”
“My mom and dad, who were born and raised in rural South Dakota, were served by the rural co-ops. As a result, I’ve long admired the strength of the electric cooperative movement and their dedication to doing what’s right for their member-owners,” Linde said. “That consumer-first focus lends itself to powerful grassroots mobilization and political outreach. It’s an honor to join the political affairs team at NRECA, and I look forward to working together to enhance the reputation of electric cooperatives in Washington.”
Linde most recently ran All In Public Affairs, Inc. his own full service public affairs consulting firm. Jason previously worked for DDC Advocacy and the American Public power Association. He also served as Chief of Staff or Senior Advisor to three members of Congress, and has managed successful election campaigns in every region of the country. Linde is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins. He has a master’s degree in Political Management from GW, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.