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Welcome NAA’s New Director of Communications and Engagement

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 09:52

The staff and Board of the National AfterSchool Association are pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Hay (she/her) as the Association’s new Director of Communications and Member Engagement.

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.  

“We are so fortunate to have someone with Jessica’s extensive experience and numerous contacts join us at NAA,” said Gina Warner, NAA President and CEO.  “As a long-time member of our NAA community, Jessica knows firsthand the needs and experiences of our members, and will use that knowledge and her diverse skills to shape and develop effective and impactful communications strategies and campaigns.” 

“I truly believe that stories can move people to action whether that is an elected official, school administrator, funder, or program leader. Stories are how we share the impact of the work we do,” said Hay. “I look forward to telling not just the NAA story, but the story of OST professionals.”

Jessica can be reached at