Cecilia Jacobsen is Director of People, Culture, and Operations at Democracy Forward.

Cecilia joined Democracy Forward in 2023 with more than 17 years experience in the public and private sector as a people and program leader.  She brings strategic and analytical thinking as well as a robust background in project management, resource allocation, and organizational development and training.  Most recently, Cecilia spent 5 years with a global technology company, serving as Chief of Staff & Senior Adviser for HR Strategy to the Chief of People and Culture, developing cross-functional programs to support the employee base and achieve business objectives. Prior to her corporate experience, she worked for more than a decade as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, providing critical national security insights to policymakers. During this time, she also worked at the White House serving President Barack Obama on the National Security Council. 

Cecilia received her B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and currently resides in Boulder, CO with her family. She serves as a volunteer Partner with Social Venture Partners Boulder County, an organization that supports local nonprofits and philanthropic changemakers to create a community where everyone can thrive.