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Jessica Norwood

Executive Director, Emerging ChangeMakers


Jessica Norwood is the Founder and Executive Director of the Emerging ChangeMakers Network. She is a tireless activist committed to the cause of community investing. As a leading social entrepreneur in her native Alabama, Jessica labors at the intersection of empowering grassroots leadership and facilitating innovative entrepreneurial ideas. As an expert on addressing issues of economic inequality, Jessica has shared her considerable expertise as lead consultant for the following entities: the Center for Social Inclusion, Black Land Loss Prevention Project and Leadership Capacity after Hurricane Katrina; Oxfam America, Coastal Communities Land and Water Restoration Policy; and Managing Director, League of Independent Voters, League of Young Voters Education Fund and the League of Pissed-Off Voters PAC. Jessica Norwood advises on issues of emerging leadership, voting rights, community investing and rural wealth creation with a specific emphasis on African American communities.