Jessica Barron

Senior Consultant

A trained sociologist and demographer, Jessica is committed to advancing knowledge, research, and strategies to dismantle systemic barriers to racial equality and inclusion. She directs Frontline projects that target structural inequality to foster systemic change, supporting clients in exploring counternarratives with the potential to revolutionize their philanthropic or organizational approaches.

Jessica has expertise in strategic planning, evaluation, community-centered research, and large-scale data-collection and management. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, and NPR, as well as published and awarded in academic journals and edited volumes. Jessica is the author of The Urban Church Imagined, which addresses contemporary diversity and inclusion efforts among religious congregations. She previously served as a research scientist and instructor at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. Jessica holds a PhD in sociology from Texas A&M University, a master’s in sociology from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor’s from Azusa Pacific University.

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