Seacoast Outright Leadership
Hershey Hirschkop cut her teeth at Gay Community News in Boston, at the time one of the few lesbian and gay national newspapers in the US. Her life as an activist took many turns, but never ceased. While the majority of her career was spent first as an architect, and later in non-profit affordable and supportive housing development, she has stayed involved in key social justice issues, including affordable housing and LGBTQ rights.
Aside from late nights catching up on email, Hershey enjoys birding, beekeeping, and admits to being born and raised in Massachusetts. She is now settled in Seacoast Maine with her partner of many years, as well as a variety of farm critters.
Community Outreach & Education Coordinator
Jess joined Seacoast Outright in 2021 as a University of New Hampshire MSW intern. She loved the organization so much that she decided to stay after graduating with her Masters of Social Work degree in May of 2022.
Jess received her B.A in Human Development from Rivier University in 2018. During these undergraduate years, she was the treasurer of the university's GSA club. Since that time, she has worked in the nonprofit sector and has sought to create “safe spaces” in her work with both youth and individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Intersectionality for the win!!
Jess lives in Concord, NH with her partner and her cat, Zuzu. In her spare time, she enjoys engaging in social justice actions around the state and doing puzzles (in that order!)
Amy is originally from the Midwest and moved to the New England area in 2013. They have an interesting work history that mostly centers around advocacy. Before joining SO, Amy was working in Education and earned their BA from UNH in 2021. They were also Dover High School’s GSA Advisor, where they helped cultivate an inclusive club for all identities. Being in an advocacy role has helped Amy become more passionate about social justice issues and supporting marginalized youth.
Amy currently lives on a farm in Farmington, NH with their partner, two dogs, two cats and three guinea pigs. In their spare time, they love to be outdoors! Gardening, roller skating and traveling are some of their hobbies.