As an ardent advocate for artists, communities of color and accessible education, Jessica Gaynelle Moss is the Founder and Director of The Roll Up, a national network of art incubators embedded in neighborhoods mired in persistent poverty and concentrated disadvantage across the United States.

In addition to her projects that engage art as a strategy of community revival, she serves as the Director of Development for BLK MRKT CLT, a creative studio supporting emerging artists of color in the southeast. Prior, she was Creative Director of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, a collecting museum founded in 1974 to honor the contributions of African-Americans in visual and performing arts. And in 2015, while on the senior management team of Rebuild Foundation, she opened the Stony Island Arts Bank, a 14,000 sqft. space for contemporary art in the Southside of Chicago initiated by artist and urban planner Theaster Gates. ​

Jessica received a bachelors in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University; a masters in Arts Administration, Policy and Management from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a masters in Studies of the Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her interests in innovation, activism and collaboration continue to influence her projects today.