Jess Kutch

Jess Kutch

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director,, Asheville, NC

Jess Kutch is the co-founder of, a platform for people to advance solutions in the workplace. Since its founding in 2013, has catalyzed the growth of global, independent employee networks advancing wins like paid parental leave benefits at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks, and wage increases for workers at a Southern restaurant chain. In 2015, hosted the first-ever digital townhall at the White House on the future of worker voice with President Obama.

A digital innovator, Jess has 15 years’ experience working at the intersection of technology and social change. Prior to launching, Jess lead a team at in raising the company’s profile around the world and inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to launch and lead their own efforts on the platform. Jess also spent five years at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she pioneered digital strategies for the labor movement. Jess is an Echoing Green Global Fellow and J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize winner. She’s a graduate of Bennington College and currently lives in North Carolina with her partner, Rebecca, and their young son.

What does job quality mean to Jess?
Employment and Jobs
An Interview with Job Quality Fellow Jess Kutch
February 20, 2018 • Jess Kutch & 1 more

Jess Kutch is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2017-18. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

The Job Quality Fellowship is part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

Bio updated September 2017.

Authored by Jess