Jess Search is Chief Executive of Doc Society, which gives funding and support to Oscar nominated documentaries such as Citizenfour, Virunga, Whose Streets, Hooligan Sparrow, The Square and The Look of Silence. Doc Society, formerly known as the BRITDOC Foundation, is well known for backing films with a social change potential and training filmmakers and Impact Producers to devise and deliver engagement campaigns (impactguide.org). In partnership with the Ford Foundation and The Sundance Institute, Doc Society created and runs The Good Pitch which partners films with NGOs, foundations and brands. Events take place in New York and around Europe and in partnership with local organizations in India, China, Argentina, Australia, Kenya and South East Asia. Previously, Jess was a Channel 4 commissioning editor and has an MBA at Cass Business School.
Jess is currently on the board of UK progressive think tank IPPR and global family planning organization Marie Stopes International.