Jessica Carso, Executive Director
Jessica Carso began working with World Without Hate as a volunteer consultant and coach in 2015. Dedicated to a career in the non-profit sector, Carso shares her fifteen years of leadership, administration, philanthropic and fundraising experience with the growing non-profit. Having worked for and with organizations spanning the arts, culture, humanities, social justice, higher education and social services sectors, Carso remains focused on supporting these and other important causes through her non-profit and social entrepreneurial company, JC Consulting + Coaching. In addition, Carso serves as Manager for Rais Ventures, LLC.
As Executive Director of World Without Hate, Carso has focused her efforts on ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of the organization, while also ramping up board development, prospecting, recruitment and training, as well as fundraising, communications and strategic planning initiatives. As demand for the organization’s programming and services continues, Carso is concentrating her efforts on fundraising, organizational development, staffing, communications and mission driven deliverables.
During her 5 ½ year tenure as Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center’s Managing Director, Carso designed and implemented the organization’s development, marketing and membership initiatives while also steadily increasing earned revenue and advisory board participation. With her stellar team, Carso grew the organization’s community engagement and specialized programming for youth, students and adults. While at Green Street, Carso and her staff developed and implemented highly impactful internship, fellowship and work-study programs for students and emerging leaders interested in non-profit, youth development and arts education work.
For more than 10 years, Carso has been an active member of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, recently completing her 6-year board role commitment and 2-year term as President of the Connecticut Chapter. Her extensive community leadership and volunteer work has included such roles as Chair of her local Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, as well as Founding Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Live Local, Give Local 365 initiative, promoting impact through $1-a-day donations. In addition, Carso has volunteered her time on higher education, community leadership, social service and humanities committees and boards, among others.
In 2010, Carso was named Huffington Post’s Greatest Person of the Day. Since then she has also been named to Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40, Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was most recently recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as one of their Women of the Year Circle recipients. Carso received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. She continually participates in a variety of professional development opportunities, including the Leadership Development Roundtable Program (LDR) and the William Graustein Memorial Foundation’s Community Leadership Program.
Through JC Consulting + Coaching, Carso continues to work with non-profit and social entrepreneurial organizations and professionals throughout the country. Services offered include organizational and individual mentorship and coaching, consulting and training, as well as strategic and organizational planning, board development and fundraising support. Carso also serves as a guest lecturer, presenter, speaker, and workshop facilitator at colleges and universities, conferences, professional development trainings and seminars for audiences of all sizes.
Stasia Matyjas, Intern
Stasia Simcox Matyjas serves as intern for World Without Hate. She is a freshman at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Garfield, a very politically active high school, taught her various skills needed to have a voice heard and create change in her immediate community.
She is especially interested in how nonprofits are able to deliver their services and spread their message. Over the last four years she has volunteered for many organizations including Sustainable Ballard and Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. By participating in Sustainable Ballard, she helped collect, deliver and sort leftover products from the local farmer’s market to the food bank. At Little Bit she led horses and side walked for people with disabilities. As a side walker, she interacted with and assisted riders as needed while developing strong relationships with them. She was also a part of Project Unified, her junior and senior year, which bridges the gap between teenagers with and without disabilities at her school by promoting an inclusive environment. Seeing the impact, the organizations she volunteered with inspired her to want to make an even greater impact. Last summer she went on a study abroad program to Costa Rica to develop communication and leaderships skills, while also learning about sustainability, community outreach, and empathy through lectures and hands on experience.
In the fall Stasia will start college at Lehigh University. She is in the IDEAS (integrated degree in engineering and arts and sciences) program and is excited to use and expand her knowledge to keep spreading kindness and making a difference in the world around her. She is excited to be able to learn about engineering while considering the reactions/feelings of the people who use various products. She is very interested in the relationships people have with each other and their environment and hopes to contribute greatly to a World Without Hate as a intern and a leader.