Jordan Bellassai joined the Foundation in 2018 as program manager. He is located out of our Syracuse office.
Jordan has seven years of measurable advocacy-related experience, combined with community organizing and grassroots mobilization, as well as legislative process. He has campaigned for increasing education funding, raising the minimum wage, anti-fracking and more. Jordan also has expertise in organizing and coordinating events to promote age-friendly communities: By engaging older adults through focus groups, he was able to form projects and programs and suggest guidelines.
Jordan served as the project director for the Working Families Party in the Senate District 46/Capital Region Chapter for six years. In this role he organized and ran volunteer operations, and oversaw targeting and data analysis, hiring, training and payroll. Jordan coordinated 85 WFP petitioning campaigns simultaneously, in a geographic area from Glen Falls to Yonkers. He successfully placed all 85 candidates on the WFP ballot, also achieving distinction of being the only region in the state to install committee members by petition-gathering, thus allowing the Party to have committee members statewide.
Jordan’s earlier work was as an education organizer for the Alliance for Quality Education where he led and grew the Mohawk Valley #WeCan’tWait Coalition to create forums, press events and lobbying teams to advocate for public education.
Most recently, Jordan was the project coordinator for Oneida County’s Livable Communities which is a partnership between Oneida County’s Office for the Aging, the Parkway Center and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties to become part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Through his work, Jordan was responsible for building coalitions by bringing organizations out of silos and engaging communities. While at the Parkway Center, Jordan was also part of the Aging By Design project. He was a lead contributor with a focus on engaging older adults in the work.
Jordan has grown up in central New York, and resides in Syracuse. In his free time, he has a goal of camping at least once a month.