Community Activator. Youth Champion. Kenya Amplifier. Impact and Legacy Addict. Purposeful Adventurer.
Jess Teutonico is dedicated to building communities and creating legacies. Having worked with some of the worlds most socially iconic legends of our time including Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Chris Anderson and Nile Rodgers, Jess has developed a unique understanding of legacy and how important it is today to make social impact bigger than headlines and personalities.
Jess has been working in Kenya since 2006, building sustainable programs in remote areas with the indigenous tribes that address basic human needs through her organization, Under the Acacia. She also is the Executive Director for legendary music producer and Grammy winner Nile Rodgers organization, We Are Family Foundation, where she leads the most sought after international youth initiatives including Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen. Through these programs, Jess is committed to building networks that support the ideas and work of young leaders around the World.
As a consultant she has worked with many leading international think tank platforms on both social content and production including TED Conferences, the Global Creative Leadership Summit and the UN Youth Assembly.
In her previous life, she was a Director of Special Events at Vogue Magazine and spent a decade working with top luxury brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Carolina Herrera, producing fashion shows and events around the world.
She's been featured at the New York Times Travel Show, on Jetsetter, Fathom, CBS Radio, Paper Magazine, Elizabeth Street, Refinery29 and Rank and Style. She has spoken at numerous events including the UN Youth Assembly, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Arup Leadership Summit, TEDxTeen, Three Dot Dash and the We Are Family Foundation Gala.
Jess divides her time between New York City and Kenya. She is a black belt in Kung Fu.