Jess Stainbrook – IDA Executive Director and Vice President
Jess Stainbrook is known for building successful media teams and championing significant visual storytelling efforts through innovative programming and strategic business initiatives. In the broadcast television field, Jess has received 8 Emmy Awards and 29 nominations and his clients include MTV, ESPN, PBS, Discovery Channel, A&E and others. He has produced and directed major sports programming at events such as the Olympics, World Cup Skiing, Formula 1 Grand Prix, NASCAR, and the NFL Super Bowl. In late 2019, Jess launched IDA’s new Video Podcast, The Invisible No More® Show.
Jess led all of the creative and business efforts as the Executive Producer for Seven Days in Utopia, the inspirational major motion picture featuring Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo. Seven Days was Movieguide®’s “Teddy” Award winner for 10 Best Mature Audience Movies and the 2012 Templeton Foundation Epiphany Award Nominee for Most Inspirational Movie of the Year.
Jess has an extensive background in strategic planning, non-profit management and brand marketing. He currently serves as IDA’s Executive Director and Vice-president. Jess also teaches Communication, Visual Storytelling and Digital Media at CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies – School of Humanities and Social Sciences. And Jess, in his spare time, can’t help working on a media project or two or three.
Jess grew up in a home with a father who lived with epilepsy. Jess and his wife Keena live in Colorado with three daughters. Invisible illnesses have directly impacted their family. Due to issues with food allergies, Keena researched gluten-free eating, then started creating amazing and delicious recipes and counseling families in cooking and healthy eating. You can find her cookbook, The Essential Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo & Vegan Friendly Cookbook on Amazon or at earthjems.com.