As a queer, biracial person, Jarrett Smith deeply understands what's at stake in every election. His background led him to become an organizer, where he has devoted his life to building a multi-racial and inclusive voter base in Philadelphia that has the power to elect candidates who truly represent the needs and priorities of working families.
Jarrett is currently the Legislative Director of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, which represents 40,000 essential workers across the state in homecare, nursing homes, and hospitals. In his role, Jarrett is responsible for advancing the policy goals of caregivers and healthcare workers engaging union members in political action. In 2022, Jarrett helped lead the efforts to win safe-staffing ratios in nursing homes, and helped deliver over $600 Million in recurring Medicaid funding for bedside care.
Prior to joining SEIU, Jarrett led a statewide youth voter engagement program with NextGen America. Jarrett is passionate about housing justice and successfully led a tenant-driven campaign for good cause eviction protection legislation that passed in Philadelphia City Council in 2018.
Jarrett also serves on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia as the co-programming chair -planning and facilitating events to foster civic engagement among young people.