Jonathan Hildner (he/him)
is the National Organizing Director at Rise and is a dedicated community leader and advocate with a passion for public service. Growing up in challenging circumstances, Jonathan drew inspiration from his late father, a Brigadier General in the United States Army, who instilled in him the values of integrity, perseverance, and service to others. These values have guided him throughout his career and helped him obtain his Bachelor’s Degree at Limestone College in 2018.
After graduating, he embarked on a path of political engagement and community organizing. Jonathan interned for Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, before joining the campaign team of future President Joe Biden, where he served in various capacities, finishing in an integral role on the campaign as the Georgia Youth Vote Director. Throughout these roles, Jonathan built grassroots infrastructures, executed voter outreach initiatives, and developed strong relationships with stakeholders, ultimately contributing to historic victories.
In 2020, Jonathan returned to his hometown and founded Let’s Move Killeen, an organization focused on civic engagement and empowerment. Shortly after, he answered the communities call to service, running as a candidate for Texas House of Representatives District 54. During his campaign, he curated a successful strategy that won the Democratic nomination, becoming the first man of color to represent a major party in the district as well as being the youngest candidate to run in the district.
Jonathan firmly believes in the power of relationships and listening to the concerns of the people in order to fight for their needs. In his career, Jonathan has been dedicated to amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities and creating opportunities for meaningful change. As the fight for positive impact and collaborative solutions continues, he looks forward to the work ahead.