Jessica Norwood

Executive Director, Emerging ChangeMakers Network

Mobile, AL

Prioritize Equity, Shift Capital  |  Community Capital, Community Economic Development, Funding / Investment, Technical Assistance

Jessica is re-shaping how capital flows in African American communities, building wealth through community investment and entrepreneurship.

Jessica is the executive director of the Emerging ChangeMakers Network, an organization dedicated to working with inspiring leaders and innovative ideas that end economic inequality. As a leading social entrepreneur in her region, she supports strengthening social enterprise and social investing as a way to build community resiliency. Jessica previously spent years in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, as a political fundraiser and consultant, raising millions of dollars for various campaigns. Jessica is a past member of the board of directors for the Highlander Research and Education Center, a former Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and the Political Power Fellow with the Hip Hop Archive at the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.

Jessica was our Featured Fellow in April 2015. Read more about:


  • In fall 2012, the Emerging ChangeMakers Network launched SOUL’UTIONS, a model for community sourced economic development which includes a network of investment clubs that invest in socially responsible businesses and vulnerable communities throughout the Southeastern U.S.
  • Lead consultant for the Center for Social Inclusion, Black Land Loss Prevention Project and Leadership Capacity after Hurricane Katrina
  • Lead Consultant, Oxfam America, Coastal Communities Land and Water Restoration Policy
  • Managing Director, League of Independent Voters, League of Young Voters Education Fund and the League of Pissed Off Voters PAC
  • Deputy Finance Director, 21st Century Democrats