Jessica is passionate about breaking down systemic barriers to success for today's youth and tomorrow’s leaders. She is a self-described ‘geographic mutt’ growing up in 3 different states, Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey, by the time she was 15. Her career began in the mental health space working with the homeless before helping child-focused social impact organizations, like Mott Haven Academy Charter School, Project Sunshine, and Spark, advancing their missions through fundraising, communications, and strategic initiatives. Jessica has a BA in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Maryland, and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University's Teachers College. As a teen, Jessica wanted to be a psychologist or Britney Spears. She still embraces both dreams, today.