Jesse Rutledge has spent more than two decades fighting to keep America’s state courts fair, impartial, independent and accountable. As Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), he is a national leader who relies on empirical data to build messages and strategies that instill public trust and confidence. His additional areas of interest include the impact of new media and disinformation on the courts, and the politicization of the judiciary by partisans and special interests. In addition to serving as the project lead on NCSC’s State of the State Courts annual public opinion survey, Rutledge supports three committees of the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators. Rutledge’s commentary appears in national and legal media, and he frequently speaks at conferences. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited his original research in her 2015 opinion in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar. Before joining NCSC, he served as Deputy Director of the Justice at Stake Campaign in Washington, D.C. Rutledge holds bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in political science.