Graduate now head of Obama campaign

Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, 28, was recently made head of President Obama's re-election campaign for N.J. (Facebook)

The College can now add another name to its list of notable alumni as 2004 graduate Jackie Cornell-Bechelli will be taking the reigns of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in N.J.

Cornell-Bechelli was announced as the head of the campaign on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Cornell-Bechelli started her new position on Monday, Jan. 9. She announced that she is “honored and humbled and really excited” about the job, according to an article on

Cornell-Bechelli is also currently the legislative and political director of New Jersey Citizen Action, the state’s largest liberal watchdog group.

According to her website, Cornell-Bechelli focuses on health care, labor, budget and telecommunications legislation in her position with the group.

She has also had some prior experience in aiding Obama’s campaign as she served as state director of Organizing for America.

The group is a community organized program and was founded after the President’s 2008 campaign.

Prior to serving these positions, Cornell-Bechelli also spent seven years working with Planned Parenthood. She has a special interest in federal health care reform, receiving the Evanoff-Shuchter Award for Organizing in 2009 for her efforts.

Cornell-Bechelli graduated from Rahway High School in 2000 and graduated from the College in 2004 with a B.A. in English and women’s and gender studies.

During her time at the College, she was a member of Women in Learning and Leadership and currently serves on its advisory council. She is also the founder and director of the New Leaders Council of New Jersey, an entrepreneurial leadership program.

She currently resides in Ewing Township with her husband and her “unwieldy pile of cookbooks,” as she describes on her website.

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