Jess Solomon

“I remember sitting in my first undergraduate African American Studies class full of dissonance; gratitude for deeper understanding of an American history that included my ancestors, and anger that it took so long to learn this history. This education came at a literal and figurative price that many of my classmates did not have to pay. I knew something was broken.”

Jessica Solomon, MSOD is a facilitator, strategist, and organization development practitioner working alongside builders and visionaries to devise the conditions for more creative, strategic, and impactful teams, organizations and systems. With more than 10years of significant, progressive experience in nonprofit management, community cultural development and philanthropy, Jessica consults foundations, social justice organizations, and cultural institutions. She has expertise in organizational change and most enjoys aligning workplace culture with organizational values, transition management, strategic planning and program design.

She is committed to an intersectional feminist analysis and sees art, culture, and equity as essential tools to build and sustain communities.

Most recently, she embraced a hyperlocal approach to systems change as Vice President of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. In her role she sharpened the Foundation’s place-based grantmaking strategies, led organizational change initiatives, and deepened institutional knowledge to drive more equitable impact with a focus on arts and culture. Prior to the Deutsch Foundation, Jessica co-developed cultural strategies, social campaigns, and strategic convenings with national and regional networks and organizations including Alternate ROOTS, National Arts Strategies, US Department of Arts and Culture.

She is a proud contributor to Animating Democracy’s Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change (2017) and We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make by Andrea Pippins (Chronicle Books, 2018).

Jessica earned a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University.