Jess coordinates and manages the development of many of RESCHOOL's concepts including identifying expertise, outreach strategy, establishing work flows and processes. She also manages RESCHOOL's grants, contracts and operations. 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 across education ecosystems.
Prior to joining the Donnell-Kay Foundation and RESCHOOL, Jess worked at the Colorado Department of Education in multiple roles. She was a grant manager for federally and state-funded dollars supporting adult education programs, worked with innovation and charter schools, and worked in the Commissioner's Office and the High School Equivalency Testing Office. Prior to CDE, Jess worked with a non-profit providing high school equivalency testing and skills coaching, primarily to youth and adults who were incarcerated.
Jess graduated from Colorado State University. She's a currently a Systems Impact Institute Fellow through Climb Higher Colorado and gets a lot of joy from being a mom to two awesome young kids who already navigate the world in their own unique ways.