Jeff Snyder’s activism has spanned five decades. He became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement following the Kent State shootings in 1970 and continued that activism throughout the ‘70s. In protest against the US supported Contra War in Nicaragua, Jeff traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 as a member of the Olympia to Nicaragua Construction Brigade, and upon this return, he helped co-founded the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister County Association. In the ‘90s and 2000s, Jeff participated in a number of protests directed at the Gulf War, the US invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq War.
He first became aware of the Backbone Campaign in 2011 while participating in one of their direct action workshops for members of Occupy Olympia. He continued his involvement with them by taking part in several actions including ShellNo and Break Free From Fossil Fuels; in 2015, he joined the organization's board of directors.
Jeff spent the first 25 years of his life in Indiana. During this time, he received a B.A. in education from Ball State University. Following graduation, he moved to Colorado where he earned an M.S. degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado. During his 35 year career in elementary education, Jeff has taught in several alternative school settings in Olympia Washington, and is currently teaching fifth graders for the Olympia School District. In addition to his teaching duties, Jeff serves as a teacher's union representative at the annual Washington Education Association Representative Assembly.