Jess Zakira Wise
CEO and Co-Founder
Jess has an uncanny talent to meet and corral the brightest and most motivated from across a breadth of industries and cultures — and piecing together Mesh’s all-star team is a testament to that. Her nonlinear career includes working as a community manager, film producer, progressive activist and storyteller. As social movements have grown and faltered online, Jess experienced firsthand the diminishing resources for managing and operating communities. She believes agency for community leaders builds true accountability, diversity leads to sustainability, and community is the centerpiece. When she came up with an idea of how to confront the challenges and inequities of social platforms, particularly for her LGBTQ+ community, she enlisted her friend Drew, and Mesh was born.