Jessica Bernthal

Content Strategist and Writer

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Biography

Jessica Bernthal is a content strategist and writer on GG+A’s marketing team, where she plays an integral role in the strategy and development of branded content for the firm and its expression across all channels. She brings more than a decade of related experience to the firm, having served in various nonprofit marketing and communications roles and as a freelance writer and editor for academic publications, executive communications, and creative projects. More recently, she worked as a content writer for clients such as The Stelter Company, an integrated marketing firm that supports nearly 1,500 nonprofits nationwide in growing their planned giving outreach. 

Earlier in her career, Jessica served as the managing editor in the advancement division at Wheaton College (Ill.). There she oversaw writing and production of the college’s award-winning alumni publication and created marketing collateral for its successful multimillion-dollar sesquicentennial campaign. She then transitioned to a similar role overseeing print and digital communications at North Park University. As the University Editor, she was the leading writer and content manager in an extensive website redesign and helped develop marketing campaigns for key enrollment and development initiatives. 

Jessica also worked as the communications manager at GRIP Outreach for Youth, a Chicago nonprofit that grew out of a mentorship program formerly in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. During her tenure, she developed print and digital marketing collateral, coordinated special events, supervised video production, and executed an organizational rebrand and website redesign that contributed to a four-fold increase in event revenues.  

Jessica completed her master’s degree in nonprofit administration at North Park University, with certificates in nonprofit management, governance, and organizational development, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Oral Roberts University. She is committed to capacity building, community development, and equity work in Chicago and is a member of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy. 

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