Jessica Sheets Pika is the Communications Director at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), where she oversees CSSP’s internal and external communications strategy with the goal of improving organizational impact, influence, and visibility. Her work includes oversight of CSSP’s communications strategy from message framing and audience outreach to social media strategy and media relations and relies on close collaboration with staff and external partners. She develops, curates, writes, and edits content; manages consultants and content contributors; manages all digital properties; and develops new activities and content areas for the organization.
Jessica brings more than 20 years of mission-driven communications experience in the non-profit sector to CSSP. She is particularly focused on using digital social good campaigns and innovative storytelling to shape and change narratives. This includes the creation of the #SeeChange campaign, a digital social justice campaign designed to raise awareness about systemic social justice issues and (at her previous job) the #ThxBirthControl campaign, a reproductive rights campaign designed to raise awareness about access to safe and affordable contraceptive methods. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications and Digital Strategy from the University of Oklahoma with an anticipated graduation of May 2024.