Jessica Lee

About the org: 

IMPACT Bay Area is a non-profit that offers violence-prevention programs for people to embody their own power, set effective boundaries, and defend their physical and emotional safety. We build safe spaces that focus on serving women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and teens. 

My story:

I came across IMPACT while looking for a self-defense class prior to going on a solo international trip. I took the Women’s Basics class in 2019, and it turned out to be so much more than just a self-defense class. 

As an Asian-American who grew up trying not taking up space, IMPACT was the first time I discovered, felt, and truly embraced my own power. Through this program, I've been able to find my voice, set boundaries, and defend myself with strength and courage that I never thought I had. It has inspired me to live a life without fear, knowing that I have the skill and strength to navigate conflict and protect myself whether it be on the streets of a foreign country or in a meeting at work. 

IMPACT has personally been one of the most transformative and empowering experiences for me, and I would love for more women to experience this. The world will be a more beautiful place when women can embrace their power and confidently live the lives they want.

I invite you to support bringing this experience to more women and expanding the reach of this amazing program to underserved communities.

  • Support Violence Prevention in our Community

    Donate today to support IMPACT Bay Area’s violence prevention programs! Your support will help us launch a brand-new program in 2023 for people with disabilities AND continue the life-changing programs we already offer - including programs for teens, women, LGBTQIA+, women of color, etc. Your generous gifts also help us keep all of our public programs accessible through sliding scale payments.

    IMPACT Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your contribution is fully tax-deductible. Every online donation will receive an email confirmation for their records.

    You can also mail a check with "donation" in the memo line to:

    IMPACT Bay Area
    PO Box 23831
    Oakland, CA 94623

    PLEASE NOTE: We will be happy to prepare a paper or email acknowledgement of your donation upon request.


    If you would prefer to become a regular supporter, consider giving a monthly donation instead.

    Employer Matching

    Bay Area Corporations and Companies Offering Employer Matching Gifts

    If your employer offers employer matching, your donation can MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT. Contact your human resources department for information on your employer's matching gift program. IMPACT Bay Area's EIN number is 94-3123451.

    Our address is:
    PO Box 23831
    Oakland,CA 94623.

    Learn about more ways you can support IMPACT Bay Area!



  • Our New Mission, Vision, and Values

    We're so excited to share our new Mission, Vision, and Values, and to invite you to help us make them a reality!

    We need your support to get to 100 donations by August 31, 2021! 

    Your generous donations enable us to make IMPACT support:

    • Continuing our "pay what you can" model for in-person classes
    • Recruitment and training of instructors from the community
    • Expanding programs for those who need us most




Jessica Lee
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Jessica took IMPACT’s Women’s Basics class in 2019. She leads seed investments at Goodwater Capital, a consumer tech venture capital firm.
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