As an artist, teacher, and decolonization activist, Jessica is heavily involved in community healing around race, ancestry, and identity. Her approach to community work and group facilitation is informed by her academic training and grounded in her identity. She is passionate about brown womxn rising, intersectionality, and Groundswell Fund’s mission and approach to this work.
Prior to joining Groundswell Fund, Jessica received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She also received a certificate in Social Action and Justice from Pepperdine University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics. Jessica worked in development for the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, leading delegations to the U.S. from the Middle East and North Africa; coordinated programs at Zocalo Public Square; and most recently, spent the last few years running her art and meditation studio, Gather, in Los Angeles.