The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of African American underrepresentation in elected seats of power throughout our nation. To reach political equity – a place where African American elected officials represent the community’s population statistically – the U.S. would need:
The promise of our democracy is that our government would be for the people and of the people. But according to “Who Represents.Us,” a project of the Women’s Donor Network, 90% of elected officials in the United States are white, 95% of elected prosecutors are white and 96% and 82% of Republican and Democratic candidates for political office are white. Therefore, The Collective PAC is focused on increasing the number of African Americans in public office at all levels, to ensure our nation upholds its ideals and promises of a truly representative democracy.
*In 2018, we hope to analyze the demographics of the 11,965 state & federal judges.
Launched in August of 2016, The Collective PAC has helped 18 candidates win primary and/or general elections at the local, state and federal level thus far, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Representatives Val Demings, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Don McEachin, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Vi Lyles of Charlotte, Yvette Simpson of Cincinnati and Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor in Virginia.
Through our coordinated PAC, independent expenditure only committee and 501c4 arm, we have raised over $850,000 from over 13,000 individual contributions, with over $234,000 going directly to support our endorsed candidate campaigns. In addition, we launched and hosted The Black Campaign School training for 120 candidates and campaign operatives from around the country this past June, organized The Black Political Power Summit in August and hosted a candidate information session with special guest Senator Cory Booker in September. With over 140,000 email subscribers, over 6,000 donors and various mentions and features in The New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC News, The Collective has grown to be the largest and most prominent organization focused on helping electing African American candidates to public office.
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Quentin James is the Co-Founder & COO of Vestige Strategies, LLC. Most recently Quentin led a team of Vestige Strategies’ consultants in securing victory for Dr. Keith Rowley as Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago in 2015. Previously, Quentin was the Black Americans Director for the Ready for Hillary PAC. In that role, Quentin directed the PAC’s outreach to the black community across the United States, and helped recruit over 50,000 African American grassroots donors and over 3 million grassroots supporters.
Formerly the National Director for the Sierra Club’s Sierra Student Coalition, the nation’s largest youth environmental organization, Quentin directed the organization to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that resulted in tangible environmental victories and developed leaders for the environmental movement. From 2009-2013, Quentin served as a National Board Member for the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Quentin is the founder of Inclusv, a diversity hiring initiative and was recently named one of the 2017 NBC Blk28 under 28.
A native of Bedford Heights, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James is the CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC. Most recently, Stefanie served as the National African American Vote Director for the 2012 Obama for America Campaign. In this position, Stefanie organized the African Americans for Obama program and managed the national strategy to engage African American leaders and voters to register and re-elect President Barack Obama, leading to the highest black vote in history.
Formerly the National Field Director for the NAACP, Stefanie developed and administered the national field organizing strategy for the NAACP’s 2,200 adult branches and youth units in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Concurrently, Stefanie served as the National Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division representing 23,000 youth under the age of 25 around the country. Stefanie is also the founder of Brown Girls Lead, a leadership development organization for collegiate black women, and a Trustee of Howard University.