Jess Eagle is a passionate social justice advocate who believes shared stories have the power to incite concrete change — to instill hope, inspire action, and chip away at the intersecting forces that keep oppressive systems in place.
At Equal Rights Advocates, Jess strives to use her background in journalism, political grassroots organizing, and nonprofit development to break down gender stereotypes and make the world a better place for women, girls, and nonbinary people. She coordinates ERA’s media relations and digital external communications.
Prior to joining ERA in April 2018, Jess was the Development Director at Family Violence Appellate Project, a California nonprofit that provides free legal services to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. She also worked for Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates as a Grassroots Organizer and Campaign Coordinator, and Organizing for America, President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, as an Organizing Fellow. She founded and served as editor-in-chief of an online magazine that published cultural commentary advocating for women’s rights and LGBTQIA equality. Her writing has also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Feminspire.com.
Jess has her Master’s degree in English with a concentration in Feminist Theory from Duquesne University. She studied journalism and English literature as an undergraduate. She served as editor-in-chief of the Duquesne student newspaper from 2008-2012 , leading the newspaper to national award nominations.
When she’s not busy fighting alongside the gender justice champions of ERA, Jess stays active in her local yoga community in Oakland.