Storyteller. Strategist. Changemaker.
Jessie is a communications strategist, documentary filmmaker and social change expert with more than fifteen years of experience in 38 countries and throughout the United States. After working as a filmmaker and communications strategist for social movements, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she focused on public narrative, behavioral science and impact evaluation. These combined skills allow her to effectively frame and deploy narrative strategies to promote change. Her videos and campaigns have helped free political prisoners, passed public health legislation and strengthened movements for justice.
Research & Analysis
Teaching & Training
(2019 – Present)
Manage research, advocacy, communications and strategy initiatives on behalf of foundations and NGOs.
Managed integrated digital advocacy campaign that reached 2.1M people through organic and paid outreach, resulting in more than 65K people around the world taking online and offline action.
New Media Advocacy Project
(2015 – 2019)
Led strategy, message development and creative production for national and global campaigns on clean energy, indigenous rights, criminal justice, LGBTQ rights, racial justice and immigration. Trained international leaders in audience engagement, media advocacy and storytelling.
Duke University Center for Documentary Studies
(2011 – 2013)
Taught public policy analysis and video production to support movements for voting rights and racial justice.