Parents for Great Schools is an organization led by parents, with decades of political experience, who believe in great leadership for great schools. We are committed to backing political leaders who support teachers, improving schools and increasing educational achievement for all kids. Our mission is to educate voters about the leadership choices they have that will impact the quality of education in their community. And because of our experience, both personally and professionally, we will focus on supporting diverse leaders and those with first hand experience as educators.

Our criteria for selecting leaders:

Who We Are

Jessie Hunt

Jessie Hunt

Chair of the Steering Committee and Co-founder


Jessie Hunt is a political strategist and business owner who has advised civic leaders across the country for the last 17 years. She has developed recruitment and campaign strategies for candidates from school board to Congress, and won campaigns on both the independent and hard sides. Most recently she led Mayor Keller’s victorious campaign for Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jessie grew up in Albuquerque, and is raising Omar and Maeve, 4 and 3 in her hometown. When not on conference calls she enjoys yoga and local craft beer.

Ray Rivera

Ray Rivera

Executive Director and Co-founder


Ray has over 20 years of experience creating and leading multi-million dollar political campaigns, electoral programs and advocacy efforts. He served in President Obama’s Administration at the Obama-Biden Transition, Department of the Interior and at the White House. Ray earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ray Co-Founded Democracy.com, a civic engagement platform that connects voter and candidates at every level. He has spent the last four years scaling a program that recruits, inspires and support hundreds of leaders for elected office; and now he serves as part-time Senior Advisor to the program while being a full-time dad of Mateo and Gregory, ages 4 and 2. He lives and gets outdoor in Denver, Colorado.

Scott Martinez

Scott Martinez

General Counsel and Co-founder


D. Scott Martinez leads Snell & Wilmer's regulatory practice in Denver. He operates at the intersection of commerce, politics and policy, helping businesses navigate complex government regulatory and administrative processes. Scott’s experience as Denver’s City Attorney under Mayor Michael Hancock underlies his understanding of the public sector. Prior to his public service, Scott worked at Denver’s largest law firm counseling corporate boards and officers regulated by federal, state and local governments. Scott is the father of Levi and Miles, ages 11 and 8.

Contact and contribution info:

Parents for Great Schools | c/o Ray Rivera | 3701 Newton St, Denver, CO 80211 parents4greatschools@gmail.com | 202-683-8713 Please contact us for direct wire info.

We are organized as a non-Federal political organization; contributions are not tax deductible and reported to the IRS under IRC section 527.