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Jesse Bridges
SVP, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
EVERFI
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Jesse Raney Bridges (she/her/hers) is the Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at EVERFI. She provides subject matter expertise to shape inclusive and equitable workplaces, higher education institutions and K12 schools. Jesse’s approach blends a strategic focus on organizational policy, practice and culture, with empowering individuals through behavior based skill building to create sustainable change. Her background in counseling, behavioral science, storytelling and practical DEI experience informs her work.

Jesse has a successful track record of architecting the role of the DEI Strategist. Prior to serving as EVERFI’s first SVP of DEI, she was the first Senior Director of Organizational Culture and Head of DEI at EAB. In that role, and her previous position as the first Director of DEI at The Advisory Board Company, Jesse created strategies that spanned talent management, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement and product development; and served as the primary trainer of DEI related topics to employees, people leaders and senior executives.

Jesse was previously a university administrator, most recently at Purdue University as an Associate Dean of Students. Her roles focused ranged from civil rights compliance and disability services to advising students from underrepresented backgrounds. Jesse’s work can be found in various outlets including HR.com and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.