– Senior Associate
Jessica Shearer is a movement-builder, strategist, and organizer who has led campaigns and organizations that have made lasting change for immigrant, worker, and women’s rights. Jessica led New York’s largest legislative advocacy organization, directed the work of nearly 300 organizers in Obama’s 2008 campaign, and created a successful field campaign from scratch for the Mayor of Bogotá.
Trained as an organizer by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO, Jessica has led new organizing drives, contract and corporate campaigns, and directed political strategy for two multi-employer comprehensive campaigns that were previously declared unwinnable. Strengthening unions in the Trump era is a strong passion.
As Executive Director of the Healthcare Education Project, Jessica managed a $12 million-dollar organization that restored $1.8 billion in healthcare funding and enacted universal healthcare access for children. But Jessica has also worked on campaigns with few resources besides the will to win–including the underdog campaign of Melissa Mark Viverito, the current Speaker of the New York City Council.
Jessica leads organizational engagement audits for unions, political campaigns, and NGOs. At the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, this led to an institution-wide restructuring and strategic planning process that tripled the impact of their programmatic work and led to the passage of their signature suicide-prevention legislation.
She is happiest when co-creating organizational development strategy to increase an institution’s capacity to win by building on its own core values and strengths. Having held most positions in advocacy, labor, and political organizations, Jessica provides big-picture thinking from the perspective of someone who knows the granular needs of several departments.
Jessica has lived in twelve states and seven countries and calls Los Angeles home. Jessica is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where she studied Conflict Management with a concentration in Latino Studies.