Jacob "Jake" Brewer (January 20, 1981 – September 19, 2015) was an American White House aide, immigration activist, and liberal commentator.


He was a White House senior policy adviser to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in President Barack Obama's administration. Brewer was known for his work as a co-founder of the immigration activism group Define American. He had earlier worked at Change.org.[1]

Brewer died in a collision with a car in Mount Airy, Maryland, while participating in a charity bicycle ride for cancer treatment programs.[2] He was married to Mary Katharine Ham, with whom he had two children.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Obama 'heartbroken' as employee killed". BBC News. September 21, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Jacob T. Brewer, BS'04, 'Simply One of the Best'". Vanderbilt Magazine. Vanderbilt University. September 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Contrera, Jessica (October 3, 2015). "She was a conservative pundit. He was a liberal activist. At home, none of that mattered". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Welker, Kristen; Helsel, Phil (September 20, 2015). "White House Staffer Killed in Cycling Accident During Charity Ride". NBC News.
  5. ^ Balingit, Moriah; Siddiqui, Faiz (September 20, 2015). "'I lost part of my heart': Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned". The Washington Post.