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Jessi Janusee

Multimedia Storyteller

Department

Marketing & Communications

Office Location

Nevada

Area of Focus

Jessi Janusee is WRA’s multimedia storyteller. She creates and facilitates all of the content on the oranization’s social media platforms. She is also the producer and host of 2 Degrees Out West, the WRA podcast where we examine the story behind some of the most pressing conservation issues facing the West.

Highlighting these tales of the West and of WRA’s conservation work across these lands is an important part of connecting to the people and communities our nonprofit serves. In addition to her love for the earth, Jessi also has a deep appreciation for storytelling. She loves to listen to the stories of others and relate their thoughts and visions to the greater world. She uses her creativity, passion and love for nature to elevate WRA messaging.

Background

Jessi has spent the last 13 years in the arts and education sectors helping nonprofits and small businesses grow and thrive with robust social media, genuine, captivating content and thoughtful programming. She has a passion for and demonstrated expertise in relaying the culture of an organization through digital platforms.

Jessi originally hails from New Jersey where she grew up camping in Stokes State Forest. She moved to Oregon in 2012 where she studied Western Herbalism and worked as a wilderness survival instructor. In 2014, she relocated to Northern Nevada where she became fully entranced by the magic of the high desert. Since then Jessi has become a community advocate, a micro-farmer, and a mother of two wild children.

Prior to joining WRA, Jessi spent five years working as the communications director of The Generator Maker Space, a community arts non-profit in Reno, Nev. In that role, she grew into a well-respected community leader in Northern Nevada. The Generator is home to a wide array of artists, builders, and inventors working in many disciplines and hosts a number of workshops and community events.

Previously, she was the assistant to the VP of Marketing at Play-Well TEKnologies, a LEGO-Inspired STEM organization where she helped to spotlight the connection between play and learning. She supported 30 states with marketing efforts and strategies specific to each state.

Education

Jessi has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Drew University in Madison, N.J.

Favorite thing about the West

Jessi’s favorite thing about the West is the vastness; the expansive skies, the sprawling wild openness of it all.

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