Jess Kutch

At Work to Empower the Workforce

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, COworker.ORG

Asheville, USA

Jess provides a platform to support workers’ rights.

Jess Kutch is a digital strategy architect, champion of workers’ rights, and the co-founder of, a digital platform for people to make change in the workplace. Since its launch in 2013, the platform has catalyzed the growth of global, independent employee networks resulting in success stories such as paid parental leave benefits at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks, as well as wage increases at a Southern US restaurant chain.

A digital innovator, Jess has 15 years’ experience at the intersection of social change and technology. Prior to her role at Coworker, Jess led a team of campaigners at, providing strategic support to the site’s users. She also spent five years with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she pioneered digital strategies for the labor movement.

Her work has been profiled by top-tier media outlets, including ABC World News, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent public speaker on the future of work and acts as a voice for the workforce, appearing at numerous conferences and forums around the world. She is an Echoing Green Global Fellow, J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize winner, Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow, and a TED Fellow.