Jessica creates and executes plans to raise awareness about RESCHOOL and its initiatives using various storytelling and marketing strategies. She serves as the point of contact for managing grants and contracts and leads internal operations for RESCHOOL. She is deeply committed to ensuring education opportunities adequately prepare individuals to be healthy, fulfilled, contributing members of society. She believes that that the traditional education system and the people serving within it are overtaxed, and that by recognizing all the places in which kids learn and access support, we can better serve learners and providers within the education ecosystem. She is also really interested in the work going on to ensure our education and labor systems and interacting, and learners are informed about the economic landscape they will enter.
Prior to joining the Donnell-Kay Foundation and RESCHOOL, Jessica worked at the Colorado Department of Education in multiple roles, interacting with various education stakeholders. She helped manage federally and state-funded dollars supporting adult education programs that are working with adults to attain basic academic skills, learn English, be more active participants in their child's education and/or deepen workforce skills. Jessica also supported the Commissioner of Education and worked with innovation and charter schools. Prior to CDE, Jessica worked with a non-profit providing high school equivalency testing to youth and adult offenders.
Jessica is a proud Colorado native and graduated from Colorado State University.