JJ Townsend



Growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast awakened me to community resilience, adapt to situations, and fascinated me to fix things broken. Founding the Ole Miss Marketing Agency during my college years made me acutely aware of the importance of cross-functional team leadership, creativity, and a clear brand in order to lead an organization and reach desired outcomes. Business school at Ole Miss taught me how to network; but more importantly, how to communicate effectively. Teach for America allowed me to build the confidence, mind, and pride of the future leaders of Jackson which has fueled my belief that a growth mindset can both prolifically speak to and catalyze extraordinary achievements.

I currently run Citizen JXN, a crowdfunding platform for civic projects. We make ideas accessible and spark action by connecting great community projects to grant makers, businesses, and people who want to fund them. I fall asleep at night dreaming about the infinite possibilities for Mississippi. Learn more about Citizen JXN at citizenjxn.org.

I am most alive when creating projects that connect people to their local government, advocate for public schools, encourage empathy for the natural world, and amplify the voice of the oppressed. On any given day you can find me eating seafood, listening to a food podcast, blasting Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, The Lumineers, Lana Del Rey, or Sharon Van Etten. I also run a lot. Check out my running page!