Name: Jake Dumas

Title: Associate

Location: Washington, D.C.

Bio: I was born and raised in Maine as the oldest of three siblings and attended the University of Maine (where I convinced my siblings to attend as well). Given the climate, my parents taught us at an early age to ski and take advantage of everything Maine has to offer—opportunities that I now dearly miss in D.C. After graduating, I moved to New Hampshire and cut my teeth on the campaign trail with several campaigns in a variety of roles, quickly learning the importance of plentiful coffee and sticking to a campaign plan. After Election Day, I moved to D.C. hoping to find a job once here and was lucky to be quickly hired by High Cotton Consulting where I worked in PAC fundraising. After a few months, I moved into the role of Associate with Axiom, working with our general consultants on races across the country. While my primary profession is serving Axiom’s clients, I consider being a defender of the New England Patriots organization my part-time job.

What you do at Axiom/how you serve our clients: As an Associate with Axiom’s team of general consultants, I’m tasked with helping to map out each client’s path to victory and provide whatever is necessary in order to get them there on Election Day. I work directly with candidates on messaging, branding, and communications, as well as with campaign teams on the ground to ensure that everyone is on the same page and focused on the campaign’s long and short term goals. Campaigns are so often derailed by distractions or things that don’t factor into the strategy to win—along with the GC’s, it’s my responsibility to prevent that.

Your favorite political figure (past or present) & why: Paul Ryan. As a senior in high school, I had little interest in politics on either side of the aisle. Paul Ryan’s Vice Presidential candidacy caught my attention and I immediately decided that I belonged to whatever political party he was in. Captivated with the presidential election, I decided to pursue a Political Science degree, putting me on the path to where I am now. 

Fun Fact: I’m not one to brag, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who can crack a lobster faster than me—a skill not as appreciated in Washington as it is in Maine.