We are a diverse team of inspired and committed strategists, campaigners and creatives who champion the power of dynamic and disruptive approaches to manifest a sustainable future for all. Driven by impact, fueled by a fierce commitment to justice and grounded in an unshakable belief that the power of everyday people can transform the world around us, we’re up for the journey it takes to make BIG things happen.
Founder & CEO
Prior to founding Drive Agency, Jessy served as Partner at Purpose and Co-Founder of Purpose Labs, a ground-breaking approach to campaigning and collaborating with philanthropy to drive change. Throughout her career, Jessy has built and led a series of powerful progressive institutions, where, under her leadership, she has developed impact driven campaigning models. Jessy has consulted with leading social change organizations in the US and globally across issue sectors in pursuit of building the necessary power to win.
Chief of Staff
Katie has spent the last decade in the social impact space, focusing on making systems accessible and streamlining efficiency. Her background in the education sector jump-started her passion for working in the social justice realm and trained her to put people at the forefront of her work. In each role Katie has organized mechanisms and led project teams to more inclusively meet rigorous targets.
Director of Strategy
Maddie brings a passion for community, collaboration, and storytelling to her work. She uses her organizational superpowers and expertise in people to partner with individuals and organizations to find the motivation, shared understanding, and strategies for effective and lasting change. As Drive’s Director of Strategy, she works across issue areas and alongside partners to uncover insights and craft strategies and stories that help unlock the conditions for effective and lasting social change.
As program manager, Bria efficiently supports the Drive team and all of its clients turn vision into reality. Her passion for social change and deep commitment to uplifting marginalized voices allows her to approach the work with a unique and lively perspective. As a natural curator and community builder, she loves working with a broad range of dynamic clients all united in a shared desire to improve our current conditions.
Kristi is a political and communications strategist with a background in leading research-driven campaigns for elected office, government policy, advocacy, reputation management, and more. Prior to joining Drive Agency, Kristi was Partner and Chief Operating Officer at a Democratic media company, and Partner at a Democratic polling firm where she advised heads of state, government officials, national election campaigns, and progressive political parties around the world. Kristi brings a passion for people having shaped organizations, built teams, and nurtured talent in ways that create a rewarding place to work.
Director of the Center of Digital Influence
Kelsey leads the Drive Agency’s work around digital engagement and social listening and she has a special focus on countering online propaganda and disinformation. Since 2020, she has helped lead a first-of-its-kind effort advising the progressive space to detect and counter political disinformation ahead of the presidential and midterm elections. Kelsey previously worked at GQR Research and at APCO Worldwide. In her past work, Kelsey has spent time embedded with political campaigns around the world, managed large-dollar digital ad campaigns, and secured top-tier media coverage for clients. She is also a trained focus group moderator and has conducted hundreds of focus groups worldwide. She has an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science and English from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.
A global citizen, strategist, and impact-focused changemaker. Zhilin’s passion for making a difference has led her to work with some of the world’s most respected international organisations, including the UNEP and the ICRC, in Geneva, New York and Northern Nigeria. She has led humanitarian protection teams and rolled out global initiatives that have made a meaningful impact in the communities she has served. She was the founder of Change-Makers-Network back in 2013, where she led awareness-raising and social innovation experiments on various social and environmental issues. In her free time, she also advises senior corporate leadership on sustainability related issues. Zhilin holds a BBA in Business and Global Studies from the University of Hong Kong and an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she specialized in impact strategy.