Nancy Jacobson

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Nancy Jacobson
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Personal details
Born Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Mark Penn
Children 1 daughter, 3 stepchildren
Alma mater Syracuse University
American University

Nancy Jacobson is a political consultant and organizer. She founded No Labels, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, in 2010 to combat partisan dysfunction in politics and give voice to the Republicans, Democrats and Independents who seek solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. Prior to No Labels, Jacobson spent 30 years as a political advisor, national business network connector and fundraiser. Jacobson was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in D.C. by GQ Magazine in 2007.[1]

No Labels[edit]

Jacobson is the "undeterrable" founder and leader of No Labels, whose mission is to bring leaders together to solve the nation’s most pressing challenges. No Labels is described by David Brooks as "the most active centrist organization" in politics,[2] and has focused specifically on creating a durable bipartisan bloc in Congress capable of getting to “yes” on key issues. In early 2017, No Labels inspired the creation of the active Congressional Problem Solver Caucus which features 44 members —evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans—committed to finding bipartisan solutions.[3]

Founded in 2010, No Labels has built a significant presence inside and outside of Washington, with grassroots activities that have engaged over one million people across the country. No Labels has regularly proposed common sense government reforms, with its Make Congress Work!, Make the Presidency Work! and Make Government Work! agendas. Two proposals from these booklets - No Budget, No Pay and Healthcare for Heroes - have already been signed into law.[3]

In 2016, No Labels published its Policy Playbook for America’s Next President, which featured 60 policy reform ideas that enjoyed majority support in nationwide polling.[4] Forbes magazine said the Playbook “deserves your serious attention.”

Also in 2016, allies of No Labels invested $1 million in two House contests in Kansas and Florida, and succeeded both times in electing pragmatic problem solvers by increasing turnout among more independent-minded voters in primary elections. In Kansas alone, the campaign “increased voter turnout by about 50 percent.” [5] Building on this success, allies of No Labels are launching a coalition of super PACs that aims to raise $50 million to support centrist lawmakers in Congress by promising to protect them financially in the 2018 elections.” [6]

In 2017, the No Labels inspired Problem Solver Caucus released an ambitious health care fix, the first and only bipartisan health reform offered in the current Congress that aims to fix rather than replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By pledging to fully fund cost-sharing payments, the plan would in effect keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) solvent by preventing insurers from raising premiums or abandoning the markets all together.[7]

No Labels advocates for problem solving through goal setting and setting up a process for bipartisan agreement through their National Strategic Agenda focused on the following four goals:

  • Create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years
  • Secure Medicare and Social Security for the next 75 years
  • Balance the federal budget by 2030
  • Make America energy-secure by 2024[8]

No Labels has gained national recognition, with frequent mentions in major national publications like The Washington Post[9] and The New York Times.[10]

Personal and Family[edit]

Nancy Jacobson is married to Mark Penn, President and Managing Partner of The Stagwell Group, former Democratic pollster and executive for Microsoft Corporation and Burson-Marsteller.[11] The couple met in 1996 when Evan Bayh, then governor of Indiana, introduced them at a Democratic Leadership Council event. Married since 1999, they are parents to daughter Blair and three children from Penn’s previous marriage.[12] The Penns host monthly dinners for powerful Democrats, journalists, and other political figures at their Georgetown home. These events are known for their seriousness and focus on the issues of the day.[13]


  1. ^ Naddaf, Raha and Greg Veis (September 2007). "The 50 Most Powerful People in D.C." [1] GQ. Retrieved 2009-05-19
  2. ^ Brooks, David (29 November 2016). "The Future of the American Center". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b Clift, Eleanor (11 April 2015). "The Only Bipartisan Game in Town". The Daily Beast. 
  4. ^ "60 Ways to Fix the Economy". Fortune. 
  5. ^ Dick, Jason. "The Fixers: 'No Labels' Founder Nancy Jacobson". CQ Roll Call. 
  6. ^ Ballhaus, Rebecca (December 2016). "Group Launches Effort to Protect Moderate Candidates From Primary Challenges". The Wall Street Journal. 
  7. ^ Leaf, Clifton (August 1, 2017). "Don't Tell a Soul: There's a Secret Bipartisan Health Plan". Fortune. 
  8. ^ Hiatt, Fred (28 June 2015). "No Labels Stakes Out a National Agenda". Washington Post. 
  9. ^ Klein, Ezra (December 23, 2011). "Column: No Labels gets congressional dysfunction right". The Washington Post. 
  10. ^ Baker, Peter (July 13, 2012). "'No Labels' Group Offers Ideas for More Effective Presidency". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ TADENA, NATHALIE (Jun 17, 2015). "Microsoft's Mark Penn Forms New Digital Marketing Investment Group". WallStreetJournal. 
  12. ^ Baer, Susan (August 1, 2006). "When Marriage and Politics Conflict". Washingtonian. 
  13. ^ DePaulo, Lisa (November 2004). "Cocktail (Movers and) Shakers". Elle. 

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