Meet Jess Davidson, our newest member of the EROC team, and Assistant Managing Director! You can read her bio here, but we sat down with her to get to know a little bit more about who she is. Want to say hi? Shoot Jess an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
End Rape on Campus (EROC): So Jess, tell us a little about yourself!
Jess: I’m a Colorado girl -- I grew up in Fort Collins and then went to the University of Denver. I studied Political Science, International Studies, and Leadership. I had an amazing experience at DU: I was really involved in Student Government and Student Life, studied abroad on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and did university-sponsored research in rural southern Uganda and Havana, Cuba. I traded in my Colorado adventures and Denver sunshine for DC and moved here about a year ago. I love politics, podcasts, feminist theory, live jazz, running, skiing, and being in the mountains.
EROC: We have to ask, what kinds of Colorado adventures are you talking about?
J: I’m happiest when hiking, trekking, skiing, and ice climbing -- or just basking in the mountain #viewz. Colorado’s 14ers -- mountains over 14,000 feet -- are some of my favorite hikes in the world. Fun fact: I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, a few years ago with my Dad!
EROC: You interned at The White House before this. Can you tell us a fun fact about your time there?
J: Instead of Taco Tuesday, the White House has Taco Wednesday. Nobody knows why it’s a day late, but Taco Wednesday was hands-down the best day of the week. Also, the marble in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building is so old that you can see real fossils in the floor!
EROC: Can you tell us a little bit about what brought you to EROC?
J: Over the last year, I’ve gone from Student Body Vice President to a fellow for the National Campus Leadership Council to advising student leaders with It’s On Us and finally to interning at The White House, working on the team of the Chair of The White House Council on Women and Girls and attending meetings of The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. The same two threads have consistently wowed me in each of these experiences: 1) Believing and empowering survivors can transform their lives, and, 2) Inclusive, survivor-centric policy can make survivors feel something they typically do not -- seen and supported by systems of power in our country. EROC’s approach to these two things (and to everything, really) has always been one I’ve looked to. As I started out as an activist a few years ago, my greatest inspirations were the work of The Obama White House and EROC, so to go from one to the other in my career is honestly beyond my wildest dreams, and I feel so, so honored to be here, and ready to get to work!
EROC: What is your go-to karaoke move?
J: I know it’s a bold move, but Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser.
EROC: Anything else we should know about you?
J: My caffeine addiction is a little out of control, but will serve me well as I get coffee with EROC’s many incredible partners over the next few weeks. I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing team and continue my work in the sexual violence prevention space!