Who We Are

Progress North Carolina is a 501(c)3 non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to informing voters of key public policy issues through traditional news media, online engagement, and hands-on communications trainings.

Our Vision

North Carolina will be its best when the state works for everyone - black, brown and white - based on core values of fairness, equal opportunity, and respect for all. A state that works for everyone regardless of income or skin color will put people before profits, provide every child a quality education and offer quality, affordable healthcare for all. North Carolina's growth can and must sustain its natural resources. We can and must protect our rivers and streams, mountains and coast, and forests and open space. Our democracy must be open to all voters and free from gerrymandering to make sure our elected leaders represent the public interest, not special interests.

Our Staff


Jess Jollett
Executive Director

For 15 years Jess Jollett has been working to bring about systemic change through communications, advocacy, and electoral campaigns. Guided by her faith, Jess is passionate about power resting in the hands of the people so that everyone may live life to the fullest measure.


Eleanore Wood
Digital Director

Eleanore has spent her entire career on the cutting edge of Internet technology since 1993 when she co-founded the first Internet service provider in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then she has done everything from marketing to web design to data analysis to server administration.

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Alanna Joyner
Communications Manager

Alanna Joyner was born and raised right here in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated Cum Laude from East Carolina University, with a degree in Journalism & International Studies. There Alanna was a journalist and videographer at the award-winning student newspaper, The East Carolinian. Alanna studied abroad in South Korea and Japan, conducting research on international policies, public relations and communications.

Tres Bruce

Tres Bruce is an award-winning video professional with national and international experience producing creative and innovative video. Tres began his career in local news in Richmond, VA and has spent the last 17 years in Raleigh, NC telling the stories of North Carolina citizens, companies and communities as a freelance director of photography.


Camilo Vergara
Graphic Designer

Originally from Colombia, Camilo moved to NC when he was 13. He loves to make art and is passionate about social change through the use of it. Camilo studied Art and Design at UNCG, and graduated with a master's in fine arts from the University of Barcelona in 2019.