“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 is an organizational development practitioner and cultural worker. She works to leverage the power of the arts to build capacity and resiliency in organizations and communities.
Jessica has held support and leadership roles in the social sector for over 10 years. Jessica is a Baltimore native and graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and American University where she earned a Masters of Science in Organization Development. Her graduate school cohort bestowed on her the Hal Kellner Award, presented to a class member whose characteristics include being “challenging, thoughtful, humorous…[and] someone who holds a deep concern about social justice.”
Jessica is the Founder and Director of Art in Praxis, an emerging organization development practice dedicated to transformation in social justice organizations and communities. Utilizing systems theory and a creative methodology for capacity building, Art in Praxis helps diverse organizations adapt to changing environments, identify priorities, strengthen leadership and facilitate continuous learning. She is a National Arts Strategies Creative Communities Fellow, and serves on local and national committees for several arts and social justice organizations, networks and grant makers.
Jessica’s specialties include executive transitions, meeting facilitation and design, cultural programming, evaluations of arts and social change projects, and team and board development.
Jessica lives in Baltimore, MD.