About Jordan Willow

Jordan grew up in Charlton, Massachusetts where she learned the values of personal responsibility and service to community.  A vocal advocate for inclusion, she has experience working with nonprofit groups, educational organizations, and government bodies at all levels in an effort to bring greater awareness to systemic injustices plaguing the marginalized within our society. Jordan has her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Worcester State University and Associate Degree in the Liberal Arts from Quinsigamond Community College. She is an avid student of American history and lifetime member of Phi Alpha Theta. She’s deeply sorry for this bio being in third person and honestly has no idea how to stop it at this point.

Jordan can be contacted for media, public speaking engagements, and personal questions here. She can also be reached through her email or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Elected Officeholder and Appointed Official

Jordan has proudly served the people of Charlton since 2015, when she was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the Charlton Public Library and then later to the position of Constable where she has since advocated for more public awareness and resources. In 2020, she successfully ran for a seat on the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee. She continues to hold all three positions to this day and uses her platform to encourage transparency and civic involvement in local government. As a member of the school committee, she serves on the Equity Committee, the Policy Subcommittee, and the Executive Minutes Review Subcommittee.

Alongside electoral politics, Jordan has also volunteered for her community in multiple appointed positions. She has been an active member of the Charlton Cultural Council since 2011 and continues to be involved as the non-voting grant coordinator. She was also the former chairwoman of her local Registrar of Voters and secretary of the ad hoc Charlton Government Study Committee until its dissolution.

Civil Rights Activist

As an openly transgender woman in electoral politics and government, Jordan has used her unique position of visibility to work with queer rights organizations across the political spectrum. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for MassEquality, fighting to advance queer equality in the Commonwealth. She was also actively involved with Log Cabin Republicans efforts in 2017 to brief the US Department of Education on the importance of transgender student rights and coauthored “Transgender Student Safety and Equality For All Students”, a formal white paper in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the 2016 Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Rights. Jordan is an ardent supporter of gender parity and is featured in Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World.

Jordan is firmly committed to advancing civil rights and worked alongside Freedom for Massachusetts to move Beacon Hill lawmakers on the passage of the 2016 transgender public accommodations bill. She later became involved with local canvassing efforts in 2018 and successfully advocated for the passage of a resolution that saw the Charlton Board of Selectmen and the Charlton Public Library formally join the Yes On 3 campaign coalition to preserve transgender public accommodation rights at the ballot. She has bylines in the Advocate, the Telegram & Gazette, the CommonWealth Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star. She was the founder of Colors, a support program for queer members of the disability community which ran from 2017 to 2019 through Seven Hills Family Services. Jordan was awarded the 2019 Safe Homes Public Service Award for her work within her community as an openly queer individual.

Political Activist

In 2013 and again in 2017, Jordan worked with grassroots activists to reorganize the Charlton Republican Town Committee. She served as both the party’s Registrar of Voters until 2019 and the recording secretary, where she helped organize local straw polls and the convention caucuses. Jordan stood as a candidate for delegate to the Republican National Convention during the 2016 Republican Party caucuses and was a twice-elected state delegate to the 2014 and 2018 MassGOP State Conventions. She was most recently a 2020 candidate for Republican State Committeewoman in the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Middlesex district on the Presidential Primary ballot, running on a platform of fiscal transparency, local party development, racial equity, and criminal justice reform.

Jordan is currently involved with Outright Libertarians and was a former member of Log Cabin Republicans. She is a part of the Outright Policy Team and current Massachusetts State Coordinator for the organization. She firmly believes that issues of inclusion and equality need to be addressed from an ideologically diverse lens in order to help society view them as human rights issues, but that addressing them also means more than simply paying lip service to them as a way to justify oppressive policies.

Ballot Access Reformer

Jordan believes that ballot accessibility is a vital step toward making our electoral system more equitable as a whole. She has written editorials on such topics as reducing signature requirements as a means of pandemic safety and the use of Automatic Voter Registration as a tool for disability inclusion. She briefly worked with the office of then-Massachusetts legislator Dan Winslow to garner support for a set of bills seeking to reduce signature requirements for public office and redefine the meaning of “party designation” respectively. As  student, she presented her undergraduate thesis analyzing the cultural and societal implications of ballot access law, “Ballot Access as Part of the American Political System”, as part of a panel on American identity at the New England Historical Association’s 2015 Spring conference.

Jordan is an occasional contributor to Independent Political Report, where she writes on alternative party activity within the Commonwealth. A proponent of electoral reform, she has been an open advocate of organizations such as Voter Choice Massachusetts and the adoption of ranked choice voting as a means of strengthening access to our democratic institutions.

The views expressed on this site are strictly her own and do not represent the views of any department, committee, or agency unless stated otherwise.

10 thoughts on “About Jordan Willow

  1. Hello Jordan, my name is Carson and I’m from San Diego, California. I’m openly bisexual and a Republican. At my school there is a small community of LGBTQ Republicans that want to thank you for being a model for us, and that we are not alone. You are very inspirational, especially to my friend Naomi who is a closeted non-binary republican. Best Wishes! (PS RUN FOR HIGHER OFFICE!!!!)

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