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 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.
Jessica now raises goats and chickens in Bend, Oregon, where she also sits on the board of Embrace Bend, the City of Bend’s DEI Task Force, and chairs the Central Oregon Womxn of Color Bookclub.