Jessica Norwood is the executive director of the Emerging ChangeMakers Network, an organization dedicated to working with inspiring leaders and innovative ideas that end economic inequality. As a leading social entrepreneur in her region, she supports strengthening social enterprise and social investing as a way to build community resiliency. Jessica previously spent years in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, as a political fundraiser and consultant, raising millions of dollars for various campaigns. Jessica is a past member of the board of directors for the Highlander Research and Education Center, a former Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and the Political Power Fellow with the Hip Hop Archive at the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
- In fall 2012, the Emerging ChangeMakers Network launched SOUL’UTIONS, a model for community sourced economic development which includes a network of investment clubs that invest in socially responsible businesses and vulnerable communities throughout the Southeastern U.S.
- Lead consultant for the Center for Social Inclusion, Black Land Loss Prevention Project and Leadership Capacity after Hurricane Katrina
- Lead Consultant, Oxfam America, Coastal Communities Land and Water Restoration Policy
- Managing Director, League of Independent Voters, League of Young Voters Education Fund and the League of Pissed Off Voters PAC
- Deputy Finance Director, 21st Century Democrats
- Harvard University, Hip Hop Archive at the Du Bois Institute, Political Power and Hip Hop Fellowship
- Duke University and Southern University, Effective Leaders Fellowship
- University of South Alabama, Center for Healthy Communities Fellowship
- National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Woman of Leadership
- 40 under Forty, Mobile Bay Magazine
- Who’s Who in Alabama, by Leadership Mobile