For over ten years, Jessica has worked with purpose-driven organizations to create social impact with a primary focus on the health, empowerment, and well-being of women and girls. She brings extensive experience in partner engagement, strategic communications, policy and advocacy, and board relations. Jessica currently works with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the Gender Equality Division and recently provided support for the UNFPA Supplies Partnership as the agency’s flagship thematic fund transitioned to and launched Phase III of the programme.
At theUnited Nations Foundation, Jessica served as a founding member of the FP2020 Secretariat, supporting efforts to design and establish the architecture of the global partnership from its inception. As part of the executive leadership team, Jessica was responsible for overseeing and coordinating FP2020’s engagement across critical areas including partner relations, Reference Group management, commitment mobilization, and executing the teams’ flagship events. Before her tenure at FP2020, Jessica worked on the Girls and Women team and contributed to the design and implementation of the United Nation Foundation's program priorities and collaborative initiatives with NGO partners, the US government, UN agencies, and the private sector. Before entering the world of global health and gender equality, Jessica spent three years working in the financial sector for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Jessica holds a MA in Public Policy with a concentration in International Development from American University and a BA in Government and Politics with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland. In 2020, Jessica earned a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and is currently enrolled in an executive program at the Center for Social Impact Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (expected completion August2021).
Jessica lives in Washington, DC with her husband Andrew and two daughters, Parker and Poppy.