Who We Are

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.


George Weiner

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 the 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 stie twice (winning a Webby Award and nominations), helping to build a community of over 1.5 million young people taking action.


Jessica Wiener

Manager of Digital Community and 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.


Emmanuel Reid

Content Creator Intern


Emmanuel Reid is a 2018 Summer Content Creator Intern for Power Poetry. He will be a junior at Boston University this Fall pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. He is from the South Side of Chicago, where he has cultivated his passion for urban youth development. Servant leadership and social engagement is pivotal to Emmanuel's concept of model citizenry. He actively volunteers for his church communities in Chicago and Boston, serving as youth mentor and marketing specialist for both, and enjoys volunteering at the church's food pantry. His love for music has led him to dedicate his creative energies towards Power Poetry, where he wishes to help students come alive in their writing and passion for poetry. His hobbies include reading and writing, video production, and traveling to new places to meet new people.


Sadie Noble

Content Creator Intern


Sadie Noble is a junior at a high school in northern New Jersey and is excited to begin her second summer at Power Poetry as a Content Creator Intern. Sadie enjoys playing the piano and participating in her school’s drama productions and choir concerts. She is a member of the International Thespian’s Society and is a recipient of several Renaissance Honors Awards. Sadie’s interest in writing was sparked by her love of literature; her favorite book is “A Catcher in the Rye” and her favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. Sadie wishes to use her voice to help other trailblazing teens in finding their own creative paths.


Roland Legiardi-Laura



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.