Inside Change with Jared Mitchell
What have you learned about yourself through the challenges of 2020?
2020 has taught me to be an early adapter, focus on forward, and really create space for people’s emotional presence. We’re all carrying a collective trauma from 2020’s myriad challenges, and I think it’s important to name and remember that we’re all processing this moment the best way we know how.
What initially drew you to Change.org?
When I heard about the opportunity to join Change.org, I was like a moth to a flame. I’m really excited everyday to work for an organization thriving in the intersection of communications, technology, and social movements.
What is one of the most memorable Change.org campaigns you’ve worked on?
Last year, I worked with a petition starter who was campaigning to hold the police officers involved in the death of Gregory Lloyd Edwards accountable. I was really grateful that I could be with them in that moment, carry my portion of the weight they were feeling about the compounding injustices in the United States, and help them plan achievable steps towards their campaign goals.
Tell me about Change.Noire.
Change.Noire is a community resource group for Change.org’s employees of African descent. Having a resource group like this in a global organization has also provided invaluable opportunities for me to connect with members of the African Diaspora worldwide. I really credit this group with helping me demystify the technology industry and for being a compassionate soundboard in culturally significant moments.
How do you think your identity has impacted your professional experiences?
My life and career have been an ongoing exploration of race, gender, class, and environmental struggle. And in each of my professional experiences, I’ve brought a mix of both the Bay Area’s grassroots, do-it-yourself culture and our passion to represent and empower the powerless.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
When I was a kid, my mom would visit my elementary school to teach Black History lessons in February. Her example modeled to me how to conduct independent research and to be both proud and protective of our history.
In my opinion, Black people’s history can be summarized as an intergenerational struggle, and I believe that the practice of seeking to access, understand, and be inspired by this history is critical to supporting restorative justice in our local communities and throughout the world.