Jessie Roth, Foundations Coordinator

Jessie supports the External Relations team with grant writing, reporting, and messaging the WITNESS vision to foundations and external audiences.
Jessie is a writer, artist, and social activist, interested in the ways in which storytelling can be used to spur social change. She has been working at the intersection of art, writing, and social justice for 6 years, with particular focus on how narrative practices can be utilized to reform contemporary mental health care. Before joining WITNESS, Jessie assisted with education and social policy research at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also volunteers with the Institute for the Development of Human Arts, a new community initiative of mental health providers, advocates, artists, and survivors who are interested in exploring the link between personal and societal transformation. Jessie’s writing has been published in the Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine and the Village Voice.

Jessie received her BA from New York University’s Gallatin School in 2015, with an individualized major in Narrative Psychology, and a double minor in Child-Adolescent Mental Health Studies and Creative Writing.




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