Stefanie Lao is a Campaign Associate at J&Z Strategies.


At the firm, Stefanie’s portfolio consists of working on political campaigns for candidates, independent expenditures and ballot measures, issue advocacy, marketing and advertising efforts. Her scope of work includes supporting the communications, political and creative departments on paid media, production, digital, social media and direct mail.


Stefanie comes to J&Z with press and digital communications experience from working on campaigns and organizations across California and Nevada. She was previously the Digital Director & Communications Associate for Harley Rouda for Congress in 2021, where she oversaw day-to-day press and digital operations.


Prior to Congressman Rouda’s congressional campaign, Stefanie worked as Press Associate for California Environmental Voters, where she developed communications strategies and coordinated rapid response. In 2020, Stefanie worked for the Biden-Harris campaign as the Nevada Coordinated Press Associate, supporting the state’s local and constituency press, digital, and paid media efforts. Stefanie’s passion for political communications began in 2019 after serving as a fellow in California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s press office in Sacramento and Los Angeles.


Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, Stefanie graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Public Relations.