©Lynn Renee Photography

©Lynn Renee Photography

“Family is about showing up for people and making choices that show they matter to you.”

Jessie Schrantz

Organizational Advancement Coordinator

(773) 979-5502


Jessie Schrantz is the Organizational Advancement Coordinator for Be Strong Families, her first job since receiving her BA in African and African American Studies from Stanford in 2017, with minors in Spanish and Public Policy. While in school, she organized with the NAACP and the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee and supported efforts to mobilize against police violence and demand administrative accountability for students of color.  She wrote an honors thesis titled “Parenting While White: Racial Identity Formation of White Parents Who Adopt Black Children,” motivated in part by reflections on her own life as the sister of an adopted Black brother and by experiences in multiracial coalition-building as a student.

Jessie has previously interned for LIFT and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Chicago and the Child Welfare Organizing Project in New York City. She hopes to always continue working towards racial justice and is grateful to have joined the Be Strong Families team, working with people who value parents and families.

She lives with her parents and two younger brothers in Chicago.