Jesse Firempong
Lead, Communications

Jesse is responsible for engaging with Spring’s global community, keeping them informed about how we’re catalyzing system change and amplifying the stories of our partner groups. She is a Ghanaian-Canadian writer, activist and communications strategist with more than a decade of supporting human rights and climate justice campaigns in Canada, Ghana and Botswana. She has contributed to research, knowledge translation and advocacy for Greenpeace and Oxfam, as well as for civil society projects on child rights and gender justice supported by multilateral, bilateral, public, and private donors. She holds a Master's degree in International Development and her writing has been featured in Asparagus Magazine, NOW Magazine, the National Observer and the Hill Times. She believes that storytelling is a powerful tool to spark change and is happiest devouring fiction, scribbling in notebooks, belting out Broadway tunes, and helping others harness their superpowers and tell their own stories.

Home base

Powell River

Languages

English, Intermediate French

Proudest achievements

Times when I get to keep my family connected across time zones and borders. Walking with my fears and vulnerability to talk about racial justice in the environmental movement on national radio. Working with Indigenous women to share their stories in top tier media. Having my writing published and finishing my first short story!

You became a Spring Associate because…

To be part of (and learn from!) a team of innovators working with a global community of human rights and climate justice leaders to supercharge the systemic change our world needs.

Your leadership philosophy

To be my authentic self and value the same in others, while setting goals to make change together. Making space for emotion, recognizing intersectionality and striving for kindness, creativity and FUN.