Jes Scheinpflug, LSW
Jes is the Director of Operations & Outreach at Praxis Group, and a community organizer based in Chicago. In their previous roles, they have worked on racial equity, LGBTQIA rights, fair & affordable housing, living wage & immigration reform. Jes continues to center these values in their facilitation work with Praxis Group.
They prioritize initiatives that address systems of oppression while simultaneously empowering people & ensuring all voices are heard, especially in decision-making processes. Jes’s work challenges assumptions of white heteropatriarchal culture as normative and deconstructs gender dichotomy.
Jes is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Togo from 2010 to 2012. Jes received their BSW from Illinois State University in 2010 & their MSW from Loyola University Chicago in 2017.
SELECTED MEDIA MENTIONS
09/25/2017: #HireTrans Chicago campaign launches
06/21/2017: 18th Annual 30 Under 30 Awards
03/29/2017: When the Movement Itself Tears Us Down
12/10/2015: Volunteering: Self Love, Altruism, Or What?
07/16/2015: The March Continues in Winnetka
I had the privilege to work alongside Jes as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Through their resilience and ability to communicate from the heart, they touched the lives of so many and continues to do so today.
Their courage to challenge societal norms evokes thought, planting seeds of change in the hearts of divisive peoples. I am constantly amazed at their energy to accomplish anything they put their mind to while investing their personal time and energy to uplift the voices of marginalized communities.
Their integrity is palpable here in America and abroad.
~ Whitney Shields, Master in Food Policy Candidate 2017, Vermont Law School
I've known Jes in a variety of ways - classmate, colleague, accomplice, friend - and I can say that their brilliance and passion surfaces in everything they do. They are the type of person you want on your team because they make clear with word and work when they believe in your vision. You will meet few people in this life who care deeply for others, consider what is just, and educate themselves on the people, places, and things that can be engaged to dismantle oppression like Jes does.
~ Alicia Crosby, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Center for Inclusivity
As a communications consultant to Open Communities, I worked with Jes in multiple capacities when they were hired as a Director of Communications for the organization during a time of extreme transition. I was Jes’ mentor for more than 2 years, and the mutual respect and friendship we developed was a hallmark of that very exciting and productive time. I am in awe of Jes’ passion, work ethic, insight, and wicked sense of humor! They are unafraid to learn, and to act on what they have learned. They also are unafraid to lead, to move forcefully and bravely into the uncharted social justice waters in which we now find ourselves. I gave Jes the benefit of my experience. But every day, Jes gives me the benefit of their courage.
~ Katie Seigenthaler, Managing Partner of DVL Seigenthaler