Jessy Tolkan – In the Room Where it Happens

March 15, 2022

“Growing up with the lessons of Tikkun Olam always inspired me to want to help others. It has been a dream come true to make a career out of living this important Jewish value.

“Like most fields, being a woman in the social impact space means fighting back against the established patriarchy. It is remarkable that in 2022 so many decision making tables remain so male dominated. Proudly showing up as a woman everyday makes it more possible to switch these dynamics. I believe, hands down, that if women controlled the nations around the world, our biggest businesses and non profit institutions, we would live in an infinitely better world- that is why I champion women, their leadership, and building power for women everywhere.”
– Jessy Tolkan


Jessy Tolkan was featured in the 2021 Reboot Ideas Conversation Plastover: An Exodus from Plastic Waste.

Join us in honoring Reboot Network member Jessy Tolkan during Women’s History Month.

Jessy Tolkan, the President and CEO of Drive Agency, has nearly 20 years of campaign and movement experience, with her passion and drive for transformative change taking her around the world and across issue sectors in pursuit of building the necessary power to win. Prior to founding Drive, Jessy served as Partner at Purpose and Co-Founder of Purpose Labs, Executive Director of the Energy Action Coalition, the Co-Executive Director of the Citizen Engagement Laboratory, and Senior Advisor to the Working Families Party. Jessy has also consulted with leading social change organizations in the United States and around the world including: Progressive Change Campaign Committee, GetEqual, HeadCount, 1sky,, Groundswell, Web of Change, and Wellstone Action, The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, and Global Witness.