Raised by his grandparents and young mother in Orangeburg, SC, Jaime has had a lifetime of firsts as he gained extensive experience working in nonprofits, government, and the private sector.
A first generation college graduate with degrees from Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center, Jaime joined the staff of House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Jaime went on to become the youngest person and first African American to serve as executive director of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus and floor director for the House Democrats’ Whip operation. After working in the Capitol, Jaime oversaw the Podesta Group’s transportation practice and worked with important South Carolina institutions and businesses like the University of South Carolina, Michelin, and the South Carolina Ports Authority. Later, he was elected the South Carolina Democratic Party’s first African-American chair. He currently serves as associate chair and counsel of the Democratic National Committee.
Jaime understands the importance of civility and working to get things done. He recently coauthored his first book, “Climbing the Hill: How To Build A Career In Politics And Make A Difference,” a nonpartisan guide to creating a lasting and impactful career in public service.
Before entering politics, Jaime worked in education serving as chief operations officer and director of program development for the College Summit, a national nonprofit organization that helps low-income students enroll in college. Jaime also taught ninth grade social studies at his high school alma mater, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High.