The year 2020 marked a turning point in alumni conversations about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Germantown Academy, and many of those conversations were spearheaded by Jessica Golson '06. She is a founding member of the Black Alumni Alliance at GA, working closely with the Alumni Office to better engage Black alumni and make connections with current Black families and students. In addition, she has worked hand in hand with Head of School Rich Schellhas 1760 to provide feedback and alumni perspective on the Equity, Inclusion & Action Plan for the school. Additionally, she has taken to the proverbial streets to organize a group of impassioned alumni to form the first ever Inter-Ac and Independent School Black Alumni Association (IISBAA). Founded in the fall of 2019, the mission is IISBAA is to “cultivate relationships; and leverage the resources talents, initiatives and social capital of alumni and friends to advise, guide, advocate for and support Black Inter-Ac and Independent School students”. (www.IISBAA.org). Asked about this work in a profile written for WHYY in the summer of 2020, she explained, “Giving these schools and opportunity to be accountable is an act of care. That means we believe they have the capacity to improve.” Coming from a mission driven family (her father, Gene Golson '76, received the Alumni Mission Award in 2019), Jessica continues to be an unyielding example of an alumna leading the charge to change hearts and minds.