Jenessa started with Movement Alliance Project as a social work fellow in Fall 2018, and is now part of the MAP team as a policy and research organizer. In her work, she focuses on fighting the negative impacts of biased algorithms and coordinating with grassroots organizations in coalitions, including the #No215Jail coalition, Our City Our Schools, and the Alliance for a Just Philadelphia. She led the effort to build Mapping Pretrial Injustice, a website that tracks the use of pretrial risk assessments across the country. She also supports the entire MAP team through project management and research on topics such as police budgets and historic divestment of our communities.
Originally from Los Angeles, she spent over three years in Philadelphia and recently moved back west. She has a background in education nonprofits and macro social work and is now growing her experience organizing to gain community power through this role. She has a BA in American Studies from Pomona College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.