Our Team

Founder & CEO: Jessica H. Ladd

Jess has been honored as a TED Fellow, a Fearless Changemaker by the Case Foundation, an Emerging Innovator by Ashoka and American Express, and as the Civic Hacker of the Year by Baltimore Innovation Week. She has been asked to speak at events such as TEDxMidAtlantic, Health 2.0, and TEDxUChicago. Before founding Sexual Health Innovations, Jess worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, as a Public Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, and as a sexual health educator and researcher for a variety of organizations. Jess also founded The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore and a chapter of FemSex at Pomona College. Jess received her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins and her BA in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona College. She left a PhD program in infectious disease epidemiology at Johns Hopkins in order to pursue work at Sexual Health Innovations full-time.

In her free time, Jess enjoys baking cookies, playing Scrabble with close friends, planning for Burning Man, and learning to code better.

Chief Development Officer: Tracey E. Vitchers

Tracey is a seasoned nonprofit fundraising professional and activist in the movement to end campus sexual violence. Tracey previously served as Chair of the Board for SAFER and currently volunteers as the website coordinator for Know Your IX, an Advisory Board member with Culture of Respect, and a member of the Williams College Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Alumni Liaison Committee. In 2014, Tracey was named a Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voice Fellow. Prior to joining the Sexual Health Innovation’s team, Tracey co-founded the youth service-learning program The 9/12 Generation Project and worked with the international reproductive justice organization the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights. Tracey holds a MA in Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics from Utrecht University and BA in Women’s Studies and English from Williams College.

In her free time, Tracey enjoys spending time with her two cats and her dog, baking extravagant desserts, fighting the patriarchy and watching bad horror and action movies.

Chief Technology Officer: Kelsey Gilmore-Innis

Kelsey has built performant, scalable, and delightful to use software systems and products at companies ranging from Salesforce to tiny startups. She co-founded the Lambda Ladies group for women in functional programming and speaks regularly around the world on technical topics. As part of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, she led the development and deployment of the searchable Anti-Eviction Pledge site. While earning her Computer Science degree at the University of Texas, she developed curriculum and taught peer classes as a Sexual Health Peer Educator and pursued a minor in the history of sexual education. Outside of SHI, Kelsey pursues the study of baseball, R&B, presidential trivia and other all-American pursuits.

Callisto Partnerships Manager: Ashley Schwedt

Ashley has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan with a focus on Community & Social Systems and Management of Human Services. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Ashley spent four years working on college campuses focusing on crisis intervention and bystander engagement. Before joining the SHI team, she was working at CampusClarity, developing educational content around sexual violence, alcohol and drug use, and healthy relationships.

Ashley is a runner, soccer player, greeting card designer, and silver linings expert. She spent a year as a cook while in grad school because she enjoyed taking home free bread in the evenings.

Morrison & Foerster provides pro bono legal council.

Dozens of volunteers help us with various aspects of our work- design, development, PR, writing, conducting outreach, organizing events, and so much more. They are awesome.

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