In February of 2019, Jessica Rohloff joined the CURE team as a consultant and collaborator. She is working on an equity in democracy project entitled, “We All Do Better.” This project is a hybrid interactive training in which participants learn components of civic participation, leadership, and community organizing principals. There is a special focus on the intentional inclusion of typically underrepresented communities, however, all are welcome to participate. This is a part of CURE’s Rural Democracy Project and is funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Communities initiative.
As a life-long resident of rural Minnesota, Jessica both embraces and understands the complexity of the changing economy and demographics of rural America. Jessica began her activism for human dignity and equity while attending the University of Minnesota, Morris and holds a B.A. in Human Services. She earned graduation with distinction and recognition for her achievements and participation with the United Latinos campus chapter. Jessica has a profound and public love for the people of rural Minnesota which is demonstrated by her choice to remain in the area and her many years of work in family violence prevention, affordable housing, eldercare, childcare, and mental healthcare. She has a history of progressive political engagement and most recently worked for ISAIAH as a community organizer. She currently holds a Director position on the League of Women Voters US National Board. Her most recent work has involved engaging the community and challenging systems to address the fundamental question of our time, “when we talk about ‘us’, ‘community’, and ‘democracy’ who gets to be included?”