Jess started volunteering for Everybody Dance Now! as a high school sophomore in 2009, and in the years since she has served and lead the organization in a variety of capacities, including as EDN!’s Executive Director and the Chapter Director of our flagship chapter in Santa Barbara, CA. In partnership with EDN!’s founder Jackie Rotman, Jess worked to expand Everybody Dance Now! nationally, recruiting and training other young people to launch chapters of the organization in their own communities.
Today, Jess continues to support EDN! as the organization’s Vice Chair. She currently works for the Tobin Project, a nonprofit research organization that collaborates with social scientists to facilitate new research on pressing problems facing American democracy over the long term. In this role, Jess helps to lead Tobin’s democracy and regulation research initiatives. In 2016, Jess graduate magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated with honors in both Government and Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE) and was awarded the Government Department’s award for the best senior thesis. On campus, Jess also worked as a Consultant for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and as a Writing Consultant at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
Jackie Rotman, Board Chair
Jackie Rotman founded Everybody Dance Now! in 2005 and serves as its Board Chair today. Currently, Jackie is a concurrent MBA student at Stanford Graduate School of Business and MPA student at Harvard Kennedy School. She previously obtained a BA with University Distinction in Public Policy from Stanford University.
Previously, Jackie was an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group. From 2014 to 2016, she served as Executive Director of Spark, mobilizing thousands of Millennials as philanthropists and advocates for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. Jackie has trained hundreds of nonprofit and business executives on effective Millennial engagement – speaking at or keynoting events including Stanford’s Nonprofit Management Institute Intensive, Women’s Funding Network Annual Conference, SOCAP, and Council on Foundations.
Jackie has also spoken at TEDx Stanford, Nexus at the United Nations, EDGE Up conference on social emotional learning, Ashoka Future Forum, and more. She has been recognized as Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce’s Young Businessperson of the Year, and a Google’s Zeitgeist Young Mind.
Olakunle Oladehin (ex officio member)
Kunle Oladehin has been a dancer his whole life but never acted on it until he was exposed to the hip hop scene in college. His journey since has been a balance of academics and art. He studied Biology at Harvard and Public Health at Columbia and worked in various areas of medical research. Concurrently he built his name in the street dance community through training, teaching and competing around the world. When the opportunity opened up to lead EDN, he saw an intersection of his passions and skills. He looks forward each day to furthering the impact of this organization.