Jess Jacobs is an actress, speaker and advocate known for her work supporting women’s rights. She is co-founder of a New York based, women-led creative development and production company, Invisible Pictures. Invisible Pictures produces groundbreaking film, television, documentary and digital content with an emphasis on stories not normally represented in dominant culture. The company has a mandate for authenticity; achieved through an inclusive development process in which any community centrally represented on-screen is a leading voice in the creative and production process off-screen.
She is a member of the Maverick Collective within Population Services International (PSI), co-designing a program using Human Centered Design in movement building for women and girls in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, towards greater access to youth-friendly reproductive healthcare services. This work aims to de-stigmatize sexual health and contraception and promote greater choice in girls' reproductive futures.
Jess is one of Real Leader Magazine’s 100 Visionary Leaders (2018) and is an alumna of the Schusterman Foundation’s REALITY Israel trip for women in leadership. She is on the board of Rooftop Films, a nonprofit supporting the next generation of independent filmmakers and bringing films directly to neighborhoods throughout New York City, creating inspiring environments that change the way people interact with and think of their community, their neighbors, the city, and the global issues that affect us all. Jess has spoken on women’s health and empowerment, on authenticity, and on women in media for UN General Assembly week, SAP NextGen, at film festivals across the country, and beyond.
She is also involved with the National Woman’s Law Center, ROC United, and Corrections Accountability Project, among others.
Jess's most recent film, Butterfly Caught, in which she stars as a drug-addled actress in a timely portrait of the darker side of Hollywood, has been a festival success and her performance has been lauded and award-nominated. Gravitas Ventures released this fall and it is available on Amazon, iTunes, and a number of other platforms.