Jess Eagle is a passionate feminist who believes words and shared stories have the power to incite real 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 gender nonconforming folks. She coordinates ERA’s media relations and digital external communications.
Prior to joining ERA in April 2018, Jess was Development Director at Family Violence Appellate Project, a California nonprofit that provides free legal services to empower domestic violence survivors with a second chance at justice. She has also worked for Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania as a Grassroots Organizer and Campaign Coordinator, and with the 2012 reelection campaign for President Obama 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 work 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, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and was a finalist for valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts. She led the Duquesne student newspaper from 2008-2012 after being elected one of the paper’s youngest editors-in-chief. The newspaper was nominated for a national award in 2010.
When she’s not busy fighting alongside the gender-justice champions of ERA, Jess stays active in her local yoga community in Oakland.