Q&A with Riot’s new Associate Director, Jessica Jackson

11 Aug 2022 -

Earlier this month we welcomed the fantastic Jessica Jackson to Team Riot as our new Associate Director. She will become the strategic lead on several of our high-profile clients across the publishing sector and beyond. Having previously held senior management posts at several leading UK publishing houses – most recently as Interim PR Director at HarperNonfiction – she has worked with a whole host of incredible writers from Bruce Springsteen and Russell Brand to Poorna Bell and Jack Monroe.

Want to get to know Jessica a bit better? We’ve asked her to share a bit about some of her passions and the things she is most looking forward to about working at Riot.

What are you most excited about when it comes to joining Riot?

More than anything, I’m excited to be joining an amazing team of people who share my passion to create positive change through the power of culture, and believe in its ability to connect, inspire and transform the world around us.

With no limitations in place, who would be your dream client?

I’d really like to work with Jay Shetty. I believe we are at our happiest when we are connected with a purpose in life. I’m also fascinated by the teachings that come from ancient wisdom. I love how Jay is working every day to inspire people through these ideas on a global scale.

What was the first book that you fell in love with?

There are so many! But if I had to choose one, it would be Mary Oliver’s selected poems Wild Geese. This collection, alongside the Four Quartets by T.S Eliot, inspired my great love of poetry and they have been constant companions through life.

What are some of your other passions?   

One of my undercover passions is backgammon. I love games, and particularly those that rely on an equal balance of skill and chance or risk. My lifetime ambition is to enter the Backgammon World Championship in Monte Carlo. Watch this space…