Jessica is Third Way’s 2022 National Security Fellow, helping lawmakers construct a competitive and effective security strategy for the 21st century geopolitical landscape. Jessica’s work concentrates on the U.S. – China security competition in the Indo-Pacific.
Jessica spent most of her childhood traveling the globe immersing herself in an array of societies and cultures as a military dependent. Experiencing the breadth of communities across the country and world led her to develop an appreciation for diverse perspectives and an interest in foreign policy. This passion led her to complete a BA in Politics, Economics, Policy and Law from Mills College in California and later a certificate in Human Rights from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. In 2022, Jessica completed her Master of Management Science in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Beijing, as a member of the sixth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. Her research focused on the historic and evolving implications of the Sino-U.S. power competition in the Indo-Pacific focusing on recent military engagement and security challenges in the South China Sea.
Jessica is a Fulbright-Mitacs grantee, Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Scholar, and previously held Pre-Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Southern California and Yale Graduate School. She has worked on multiple congressional campaign teams and previously interned in the District Office of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In her free time Jessica enjoys taking weekend train trips to central Virginia to visit her family and cherished dogs Bean and Lewie.
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