Jessica Ann Mason, Class of 2010
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow, YouTube for Good
Jessica Ann Mason is interested in using technology to alleviate poverty and encourage economic development. She currently works on the YouTube for Good team, developing tools and services for nonprofits, educators, and activists.
Prior to joining YouTube, Jessica worked for a New Zealand based NGO, directing their disaster relief program in Haiti. She also traveled to more than 80 schools and universities across the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for nonprofits working to combat extreme poverty.
Jessica graduated with high honors from New York University with a B.S. in Social Work and a B.A. in History. She was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards during her time at NYU, including the Catherine B. Reynolds Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship and the Grand Prize in Ashoka/Youth Venture’s “Be a Changemaker Challenge” for her work with homeless youth. At NYU’s 2010 Commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium, she was invited to give the student commencement address on behalf of all graduating students. She spoke about trying to view the future in terms of value rather than success.
Jessica was recently named a Marshall Scholar; she will move to England in September 2013 to study at the London School of Economics and the Oxford Internet Institute.