Jesse Paris Smith

United States, 1987

Jesse Paris Smith is a composer, writer, instrumentalist, producer, and co-founder of Path­way to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to com­batting global climate change. Smith was born in a musical family and has been recording and performing since 2004, collaborating with artists around the globe. Recognizing the deeply transformative and healing power of music, she shift­ed her focus to incorporate this element more intentionally. Many of Jesse’s projects focus on the topics of climate change and the Himalaya. She is on the Associate Board of Tibet House US, where she has co-curated and hosted events. In light of the Himalayan earthquake in April 2015 she founded Everest Awakening, an initiative raising awareness and funding, and organizing humanitarian and rebuilding projects in Nepal. Jesse launched Pathway to Paris in 2014, together with cellist Rebecca Foon. Over the last five years the organi­zation has organized several major concert events and offered tangible solutions to climate change, including the 1000 Cities Initiative launched in 2017.