Ashwani Jain is a first generation American, a native of Montgomery County, the son of small business owners, a proud product of Montgomery County public schools, a former appointee with the Obama-Biden Administration, a 15-year cancer survivor and an At-Large candidate for the Montgomery County Council.
A political organizer and coalition builder, Ashwani has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as extensive political advocacy experience. His long-term goal is to engage more Americans in the political process and ensure our political institutions are more representative, responsive, inclusive and accountable.
During the Obama-Biden Administration, Ashwani ran grassroots campaigns and programs to help organize Montgomery County and Engage & Empower our residents. He believes that:
Every person has a right to affordable, high-quality health care. That's why he worked to help millions of Americans (including residents of Montgomery County) enroll in health coverage when he worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, running campaigns and grassroots enrollment efforts that helped a record-breaking 6 million people enroll in coverage through the federally-run Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
No family should have to feel as powerless as he did when he was battling cancer. That’s why he worked with Vice President Biden to design and execute the first ever 50-state Cancer Moonshot Summit, which ultimately led Congress to provide billions of dollars in additional funding to the National Institutes of Health (Montgomery County's largest employer).
Everyone -- especially our veterans and children -- should have the tools they need to succeed. That’s why he worked to build a team at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help increase access to affordable housing for our nation’s veterans. This team also connected thousands of children and their families to digital literacy in their homes across the country.
Our political institutions can’t create and enforce good policy unless you really engage with people. That’s why he recruited, trained and connected hundreds of diverse candidates and new public servants (including those from Montgomery County) with leadership roles across the Executive Branch during his time at the White House Presidential Personnel Office.
Ashwani has been an active volunteer of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, Progressive Montgomery County, and the ACLU. He also Chairs the Midterms Elections Team at Do the Most Good Montgomery County, a progressive organization focused on engaging more progressives in the local democratic process.
As a cancer survivor, Ashwani serves as a volunteer Wish Grantor and Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, helping to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions in Montgomery County. He also supports his parents in managing their family-owned jewelry business.
Ashwani holds a Master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University, as well as dual B.S. degrees in Business Management and Political Science from the University of Maryland.