Together We Win

Stand Up Indiana is not just an organization; it’s a movement, leading the fight to bring back balance in our legislature and shaping a future where fairness and equality prevail.

At Stand Up Indiana, we understand the weariness that divisive politics has brought to Hoosiers. We believe in returning Hoosier hospitality to the heart of our state, building unity, and pushing Indiana forward towards a brighter future. Our commitment is rooted in the belief that by fostering a sense of togetherness, we can drive Indiana towards a brighter and more inclusive future.

We are dedicated to standing up for Hoosiers, amplifying their voices, and reshaping the political landscape that affects us all through authentic, smart communication. With an unwavering focus on legislative and electoral transformation, our aim is to create an Indiana that works for every resident. 

We understand the importance of restoring balance in our government. This means making sure  our statehouse prioritizes the needs and aspirations of the people, placing unity at the forefront of their decision-making. We strive to cultivate a political atmosphere that not only listens to the concerns of Hoosiers but actively works towards addressing them.

Stand Up Indiana is more than an advocacy group; we are architects of change, working tirelessly to reshape the narrative of our state. By standing united and pushing forward, we believe in building a better Indiana that reflects the shared values of community, family, hard work, and faith.

What We Do
  • Our Mission

    Our mission is clear – to uplift the voices of Hoosiers across the state and support them in the fight for a better Indiana. We strive to be a communications hub for the activists who need it most, providing communities with the tools they need to organize for a better future. Stand Up Indiana is an instigator for reasonable policy and grassroots activity, dedicated to improving the lives of Hoosier working families.

    Stand Up Indiana is  the premier communications and messaging organization for progressive  Hoosiers.

  • Our Vision

    In a fiercely competitive political environment, Stand Up Indiana envisions a future where civility resonates as loudly, if not louder, than the divisive voices in our political environment. We strive to challenge the existing supermajority in Indiana through communications strategies – like earned media, digital, social, and paid media channels – that will lead us to victories in elections and policy advancements.

    Our vision centers around the principles of fairness, creating opportunities, lifting every voice, and providing a platform for individuals to be heard. 

    We are dedicated to dismantling a system that is currently biased, rebalancing the scales, and ultimately reinstating Hoosier hospitality in our government. We will support leaders who work for the people and uphold our  values of community, family, faith, and hard work.

  • Theory of Change

    We’re looking for longterm victories. Our theory of change spans the next ten years, during which we aim to successfully create a comprehensive communication framework for leaders across the state to bring about electoral and policy wins. As the organization leading the way, we are dedicated to developing a messaging framework for community leaders, non-profit organizations engaged in advocacy work, and individuals who want to run for office. Through our data-driven and tested messaging strategies, we will unite as one succinct movement and amplify our collective voice.

Our Team

At Stand Up Indiana, our team is the heartbeat of our mission – a dedicated group of individuals united by a shared passion for progressive change in the Hoosier state. Get to know the faces behind the movement:

 

Executive Director: Jenn Watts

Jenn Watts leads our charge with a wealth of experience in political communications. Her unwavering commitment to creating a better Indiana is the driving force behind Stand Up Indiana’s vision.

Jenn Watts was born on the eastside of Indianapolis, IN and has over 20 years of experience in politics, communications, community organizing and public policy. Before starting Stand Up Indiana, Jenn worked on President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and took on various roles, such as helping direct youth GOTV in Indiana’s primary and general election to turn the state blue, and ending the campaign as a National Deputy Political Director in Chicago, IL. Jenn has managed  national issue-based organizing and communications campaigns, from fighting for better climate legislation to protecting voting rights. She’s been trained by various nationally-recognized community organizing academies, including the Midwest Training Academy, New Organizing Institute, Wellstone Action and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jenn served as the Director of Policy for the Indiana Department of Education in 2018 – 2019. Previously, she was a Senior Specialist for Strategic Communications at Development Alternatives Incorporated in Washington, DC and focused on a range of international development issues, managing several international public relations campaigns. From 2010 – 2014, Jenn served as a Presidential Political Appointee for President Barack Obama’s administration. Jenn served in the White House as the National Security Director for Presidential Personnel, overseeing a portfolio of 1400 presidential political appointments for President Barack Obama from 2013 – 2014. In 2010 – 2013, she served at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning as a Special Assistant as well as a Communications Advisor in the U.S. Global Development Lab. Jenn oversaw a portfolio dedicated to strategic communications, democracy, technology, open governance and human rights.

Jenn ran her own social impact communications consulting company for three years called Watts Change Agency where she supported visionary leaders who want to accelerate social change. She is a proud Hoosier mom who enjoys biking on the Monon Trail, listening to music and podcasts, coffee all day and going on adventures with her daughter. 

Jenn graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Urban Studies. 

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