jesikah maria ross is a documentary artist who is changing how we collect, tell and share the stories of our communities. She’s an interdisciplinary thinker, leading the kind of hybrid projects needed to solve the problems of the 21st century.Before a powerful documentary is produced, jesikah does the digging to make sure the most relevant stories are being told with integrity and authenticity. jesikah delivers from the ground up, so that layered, collaborative, multi-platform projects can sustain both individual and social change. She mobilizes people–stakeholders, groups, individuals and those on the sidelines–around a shared interest, creating spaces and processes that lead to personal and social transformation. She’s developed her expertise over 25 years of working with large institutions, community organizations and independent media makers around the globe.
jesikah is currently the Senior Community Engagement Strategist at Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate. Previously, she was the founding director of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change, a community documentary program involving students, scholars and area residents. jesikah co-founded KDRT LPFM, launched the Bioneers Reel Change Youth Media Program, co-created the NAMAC’s Media Arts Leadership Institute and consults with community media organizations in Europe, Africa, and the United States.
jesikah’s craft is community engagement, and creating relationships is her art. She works to create a path, a plan, and a process that makes media work. For change, for social justice, for art. For everyone.