Jessie Torrisi comes to #cut50 from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, where she helped raise millions of dollars to protect the rights of women, children, LGBT people, refugees, and people with disabilities. While there, she launched online storytelling campaigns for the ACLU affiliates in Louisiana and Texas on the school-to-prison pipeline and issues affecting communities after Hurricane Katrina.
She now runs #cut50’s fundraising efforts, and assists with writing and communications strategy to smartly and safely cut our prison population.
She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, and her M.S. from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, during which time she worked for National Public Radio in New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is involved in exploring ways that music and social justice can fuel one another.