Power Poetry would not be possible without the hardworking, talented, and dedicated staff who endeavor to have young people be heard. The Power Poetry team is responsible for promoting a safe space where poets can share their work, as well as encouraging more growth in the organization.
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
George is the co-founder and CTO of Power Poetry - the largest teen poetry platform in the U.S.. He is also Founder and CEO of WholeWhale.com, a digital agency that leverages data and technology to increase the impact of nonprofits. Prior to WholeWhale.com, George was the CTO of DoSomething.org. During his 7 years at DoSomething.org, he oversaw the complete overhaul of the site twice (winning a Webby Award and nominations), helping to build a community of over 1.5 million young people taking action.
Manager of Digital Programs, Content Creator, Social Media Manager and Intern Supervisor
Jessica is Power Poetry's Digital Community and Social Media Manager. She's been working with Power Poetry since day one when she started as a Content Creator Intern. She interacts with the community daily on-site and through Power Poetry's social media channels. Jessica uses audience feedback to curate content and poetry slam topics that are fresh and appealing for young adult readers.
She graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor's Degree in English and is a bibliophile with a strong passion for poetry and young adult literature. Jessica believes that often the quietest individuals in the room have the most interesting things to say, and that in a world where everyone tends to talk over one another, it is those who patiently listen, internalize, and formulate who hold the key to a better future. When she’s not working, Jessica can be found geeking out over the latest superhero movie.
Thomas Hill is a poet and social-justice advocate studying towards his English Bachelor and Masters degree at St. John’s University, Queens, New York. Thomas, affectionately named “Tom Cat” from his poetry community, was a member of the 2014 DC Youth Poetry Slam team, helping win the International Youth Poetry Slam Champion. He has since co-lead writing workshops at Harvard University’s Alumni of Color Conference, performed at the White House, and was sent to South Africa by the DC Commission on the Arts. Tom has been published in the Hampton Review, Crab Fat Magazine, and the Huffington Post. From an early age Tom took great interests in social justice and uses his words to try and help change the world. Tom believes that we shouldn't just say words- we should speak them.
On April 20, 2016, Roland Legiardi-Laura, a documentary filmmaker, poet, educator and founder passed away from a protracted battle with cancer. Roland founded the To Be Heard Foundation to carry on the work he began with Power Writers and Power Poetry.