Jessica Devaney is a creative producer and impact strategist dedicated to leveraging the power of stories to break stereotypes and challenge structural inequalities. She is the Director of Communications at Just Vision, an organization that creates documentary films and multimedia to support Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality.
Jessica co-produced the Peabody Award-winning film My Neighbourhood (2012), which follows a Palestinian teen’s struggle to reclaim his East Jerusalem home from Israeli settlers. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, was broadcast on Al Jazeera and released online by The Guardian. She produced Just Vision’s web series Home Front (2011), deemed “Films that make a difference” by Richard Branson.
Jessica is the associate producer of Budrus (2009), a documentary chronicling a Palestinian community organizer who united local political factions, along with Israeli supporters, in a campaign to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Budrus won over a dozen international awards, including the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, and was hailed by the New York Times as “This year’s must-see documentary.” Jessica was a key driver in the film’s engagement strategy, which received the PUMA Impact Award for successfully shifting the way international media covered the local protests, as confirmed by an independent media audit conducted by Edelmen PR.
Most recently, Jessica produced the independent documentary Speed Sisters (2015), an intimate and action-filled story about the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. She is currently leading the communications strategy for the impact campaign of The Wanted 18, a humorous and thought-provoking documentary about the power of mass mobilization and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation during the First Intifada.
Under Jessica’s leadership, Just Vision launched the Hebrew-language news site Local Call in partnership with +972 Magazine and ActiveStills. Dedicated to transforming the conversation in Israel, the site promotes civic awareness and activism aimed at ending the occupation and promoting values of pluralism and equality. Local Call reached half a million people in the first six months alone.
Jessica has an M.A. in religion and society from Wake Forest University, where she focused on gender and nationalism in the Middle East. She also studied at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies with an emphasis on global feminisms and online organizing.
Jessica has presented at venues from Netroots Nation to the United Nations, international film festivals, universities and academic conferences like the National Women's Studies Association and the Society of Applied Anthropology. Her work is featured regularly in major media outlets like The BBC, NPR, The Washington Post, The Economist and Al Jazeera. http://www.justvision.org