Progress North Carolina Action is a 501(C)4 social welfare organization focused on communicating a progressive vision and policy options across North Carolina. We make sure progressive viewpoints are seen, heard, and read in the news media across NC and online via email, social media, and on the web.  We make sure public officials are held accountable for their policy choices and that the people who are impacted by these choices are heard.


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



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.

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Eleanore Wood

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.