Jessica Salans is an activist and storyteller, originally from the Bay Area, California. She cultivated her love of theater, spending summers with California Theater Center's conservatory programs. In college, she discovered her passion for directing and producing theater. Jessica co-founded SPOTLITE Stage Company (Student Productions Operating to Learn and Integrate Theater Education) at San Jose State University. Upon graduating, she worked as a professional actor with Marin Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory. She taught Shakespeare to youth with SF Shakes and musical theater at Berkeley Playhouse.
In 2013, Jessica moved to Los Angeles. She served as Outreach Director for the production company, a Working Theater (now Crooked Grin), directing and producing theater, film and arts events. In 2014, she co-founded a children's picture book publishing imprint, Coralstone Press with Todd Kessler, the creator of Blue's Clues. In 2016, after super-volunteering for Bernie Sanders' 2016 Presidential campaign, Jessica ran for Los Angeles City Council, District 13. (Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Korea Town.)
Upon garnering 13% of the vote, the Salans' campaign folded into a 501(c)4 organization, Ground Game LA, of which Jessica serves as an organizer.
Jessica resides in Hollywood, currently working as an online organizer with Food & Water Watch, as a contracting consultant with The L.A. Trust for Children's Health, serving as Treasurer for the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council, acting in Son of Semele's Of Government and producing a production of Homeward LA, a 10-day citywide event of stories from people who have experienced homelessness, performed by actors all around Los Angeles.