Jessicah joined the Institute for Policy Studies in May 2017 as the Media Specialist for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a degree in political science, Jessicah sought to use her skills in writing, press, and media for advancing social change.
Jessicah Pierre comes to IPS from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she served as the communications and campaign coordinator for Making Caring Common. She earlier coordinated communications initiatives for the Boston-based Health Care for All campaign and has also worked with activist groups ranging from Community Catalyst to NARAL. In 2016, Pierre founded Queens Company, an organization dedicated to empowering women of color.
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