Advocating for others has always been an important part of Jessica’s life. Whether it was in elementary school, working with fellow second-graders to highlight the need for LGBT equality, or as an adult working with community organizations to fight voter suppression — Jessica has always been drawn to speaking out on issues that matter most to her.
Shortly after college graduation, Jessica decided to use her degree in journalism as a platform to continue speaking out against structural and systemic inequities. She spent time in communications-related roles at both the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the Center for American Progress (CAP) where she focused on topics related to race and social justice. Several years later, her involvement in community service led her to work for Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) in his district office. She worked hard everyday to help constituents navigate the bureaucracy of federal programs and obtain access to services to which they were entitled. She forged many key community partnerships and helped to establish the office’s outreach program for key constituencies. To get more experience in policy research, Jessica joined the Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) where she studied how laws related to social welfare and economics disproportionately impact disenfranchised communities. She credits her time in Rep. Pocan’s office and at CFFPP, as well as her parents’ longstanding commitment to public service and community involvement, as catalysts in her decision to move to the D.C. area to continue her career.
As Third Way’s new Executive Coordinator, Jessica brings with her meaningful work experience in the communications, administrative, public service, and policy advocacy fields. She is eager to use her persistent passion for advocacy to help advance the work of the Social Policy & Politics and Economic Programs. Outside of work, Jessica can be found FaceTiming with family and friends back home in Wisconsin, serving as a member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and exploring the DMV with her fiancé David and their beloved ‘Labrabull’ rescue, Koal.
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