Overview: Founded by America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Piers Williams, Harness connects communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. What started as a group of friends in a living room has now grown to a community that has amplified the voices of organizations to reach millions. Harness hosts annual events including: Artist and Activist Retreats, Mainstage Events, Showrunners Conversations, and an intimate Educational Series. At each of our events, we work closely with our featured organizations to amplify their work in ways that were most valuable to them.
My involvement: Since joining the organization, I've helped organize two mainstage events of over 700+ artists and activists combined, as well as several smaller gatherings including a livestreamed discussion with Cosmopolitan and Twitter titled #ActivismIRL: Turning Hashtags into Action and a panel for the showrunners of NBC on the topic of representation on television. I also took on the creative role of establishing the organization's marketing materials and designing and building the website.