Co-Founder and VP of Design
Jesse is an entrepreneur, design leader, and musician. A co-founder of NationBuilder, he has served as VP of Design for over a decade, doing everything from leading the team responsible for product and brand design, to establishing a global network of certified partners.
Prior to NationBuilder, Jesse was on the founding team of Brave New Films, a company combining the power of storytelling with online activism. There he collaborated with Jim Gilliam in pioneering the technical infrastructure and advocacy tools to organize movements online, leading to over a million members and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for important causes. The seeds of NationBuilder began with the desire to make this technology easy to use and accessible to leaders worldwide.
Music plays a hugely important role in his life. At twenty he created the band Daylight Dies, with whom he has released four critically-acclaimed albums and toured the world. He’s also released two albums with Gökböri, and is the only non-Turk in the NYC based Turkish metal band. Currently, he’s working on a pandemic-inspired musical project with collaborators in various countries.
Whether designing digital communities or creating music, Jesse is happiest when he's leading teams of creative, motivated people in the pursuit of something meaningful. He’s particularly effective when a project requires a combination of creative vision and the meticulous execution required to make that vision a reality. Always curious, Jesse also loves exploring other cultures through travel, and learning about the mind through daily meditation.