Jessica brings over 10 years of nonprofit experience with a focus on youth development, education, health, and communications. Her passion for afterschool was sparked when she got her first job with a summer camp at her local recreation department. While she earned her bachelor’s in political science and master’s in social work, she continued to work in the afterschool and summer learning, bringing those educational experiences to her work for children and youth.
Prior to joining NAA, Jessica worked with the National Girls Collaborative Project on increasing representation in STEM learning spaces. She also led Policy, STEM, Wellness, and Quality Improvement initiatives with the California AfterSchool Network. She led coalition-building efforts to increase funding for and access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs at the local, state, and federal levels, and developed numerous capacity-building programs for expanded learning professionals. Beyond her programmatic work, Jessica has extensive experience advancing policy to support gender equity and access to healthcare and education.