Jared Solomon (Former Staff) Vice President

Prior to First Focus, Jared worked on the Critical Response Team in the Office of the Chancellor at DC Public Schools. There, Jared helped to ensure accountability within DCPS and worked with parents, students, teachers, and staff to mediate and resolve problems. He frequently collaborated with community organizations and other government agencies to improve services for students.

As a project manager, Jared designed staff training and oversaw teams dealing with student enrollment, grants management and food service. He is most proud of LEAP, a high school internship program he helped create, which focuses on teaching students professionalism and making them college ready.

From 2007 to 2009, Jared taught social studies at Northwestern High School in Baltimore as a member of Teach for America. While teaching, he helped reestablish the award winning Northwestern Debate team. In summer 2008, Jared interned with the House Judiciary Committee, where he conducted oversight research, prepared staff briefings, and helped plan Committee Hearings. Jared has worked on numerous political campaigns, and in 2004 was a Field Organizer in Pennsylvania for the Kerry for President Campaign, responsible for one of the campaign’s regional offices.

Jared graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in History and Political Science and a minor in Economics. He received his MAT from Johns Hopkins University. Jared resides in Washington, DC with his wife and their dog.

Resources by Jared Solomon

Children’s Budget 2014

| June 24, 2014 |

The federal government makes more than 180 distinct investments in children. These include traditional “children’s” initiatives, like education and child abuse and neglect prevention.

The President’s 2015 Budget

| March 19, 2014 |

This fact sheet analyzes how children fare in the discretionary portion of President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, highlighting notable increases, cuts, and new

Investing in our Future: The Impact of Federal Budget Decisions on Children

| June 26, 2013 |

First Focus President Bruce Lesley testified at a June 26, 2013, hearing of the Senate Budget Committee. This first-of-its-kind hearing, chaired by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) examined the impacts of federal budget decisions on America’s children.

The President’s 2014 Budget

| April 15, 2013 |

Related: Our comparison of the House and Senate budgets from a children’s perspective On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014

Senator’s Praise Children’s Budget Act

| March 29, 2013 |

In the midst of the Senate budget vote-a-rama that occurred before the spring recess, we at the First Focus Campaign for Children were intently

Senate Budget Much Better for Kids than House

| March 20, 2013 |

What do the Senate Budget and House Budget mean for kids? Which one is better? This document provides a comparison of the House and

2013 Kids Lose Billions With Sequester

| February 11, 2013 |

In a matter of weeks on March 1, 2013, if across the board cuts known as sequestration take effect federal funding for kids will

What Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Mean for Kids?

| January 14, 2013 |

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 officially averted the fiscal cliff of combined tax hikes and automatic spending cuts. This fact sheet looks

Fiscal Cliff “Plan B” Letter to House Members

| December 20, 2012 |

This letter, sent to all members of the House of Representatives, contains an analysis of the Permanent Tax Relief for Families and Small Business

Fiscal Cliff Could Plunge Millions of Kids into Poverty

| December 18, 2012 |

With pending automatic cuts, expiring tax rates and tax credits, and expiring legislation, kids could suffer serious harm from the decisions policy makers must