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Business & Nonprofit Leader Lexi Reese Launches Exploratory Committee for California's U.S. Senate Seat

SAN MATEO, CA – Lexi Reese – a Democrat, tech industry executive, and small business advocate – filed paperwork today with the Federal Election Commission as she explores a run for California’s U.S. Senate seat. 


“Today’s economy isn’t working. Californians are exhausted and stretched thin. They’re working harder and more than ever, but everything costs too much. We have more people working than any time in our lives, yet folks are struggling with more widespread financial fragility and income inequality that puts the American Dream out of reach, especially for women and people of color. 


“The failure to adequately address these challenges is why so few people have faith in how Congress is doing its job, and it’s why California needs a different kind of leader representing us in the U.S. Senate. 


“As a working mom, I’ve spent my career in nonprofits and at technology and financial services businesses – working to help create economic opportunity for women and small businesses. I want to put that expertise to work on behalf of working Californians to make lives easier for everyone in our state.


“Our great state is at a tipping point, and I believe we need leaders with a different perspective to get us on the right track. In the coming weeks, I will be conferring with family and friends about taking this step, and hope to have a final announcement to share with Californians soon.”


About Lexi Reese:

Lexi Reese has devoted her life to helping others thrive – creating thousands of jobs, empowering small business owners, and reimagining a world of work that better supports families, businesses, and the economy.


Reese has spent much of her career enabling access to high-quality jobs for people and business owners who are often under-looked or under-valued. Her leadership philosophy is centered around empowering others. 


  • As Chief Operating Officer of Gusto, she successfully fought for small businesses to access more than $2.5 billion in federal loans to protect their teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • At Google, Lexi helped small businesses compete with big chains and helped writers and other content creators get paid for their work. 
  • She launched the Make Mine a Million program at American Express to provide loans, coaching, and networking to women and BIPOC small business owners. 
  • At the nonprofit Accion International, Lexi successfully advocated for hundreds of millions in micro-financing for entrepreneurs, particularly women of color, to start businesses.


Lexi lives in San Mateo County with her husband and their two daughters.