I'm Jacob Lupfer, a political strategist and writer living near Baltimore. I specialize in political reform and have a passion for candidates, organizations, and causes that are not represented by either of the two major parties or their consultant/vendor/interest group universes. Last year, my projects and clients included a major anti-racism event, building the Independent movement, supporting ranked choice voting, and advising Independent and Democratic congressional candidates.
In 2019, I am working to ensure that President Donald Trump’s re-nomination is contested through fair and open primaries with no collusion or rigging by Republican Party bosses. This winter, I’ll be launching at least one consulting firm and several PACs focused on disrupting the two-party duopoly. I’m also involved in a major political reform project with an unnamed client.
Most of my journalistic work is commentary and news analysis, though I enjoy editorial projects and consulting as well. I am a contributing editor at Religion News Service, a nonsectarian wire service specializing in coverage of religion, ethics, and ideas. My writing has also been published by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Commonweal, and other national outlets.
A longtime student and observer of the institutional life of American Christianity, I am often asked to speak and advise on trends and controversies across the American religous landscape. I generally affirm a robust role for religious values and expression in the public square, contingent on constitutional limits and broad tolerance. My greatest advocacy passion is promoting religious freedom in the United States and around the world.
I resonate with English composer John Rutter, who describes himself as a "friend and fellow-traveler of the Christian faith." My ecumenical impulses are strong. I count it a privilege to have many friends and colleagues among clergy and lay leaders in faith-based activism of all political and theological stripes. My intimate associations with diverse aspects of American political and religious life provide a constant stream of ideas, opinions, and tensions that I explore in my writing.
My wife and I have three children under 7. I work mostly from our home near Relay, Maryland (Baltimore County) and from various locations in Washington, D.C.
No one is as good or as bad as they seem on the internet. I assure you the same is true of me.