Jessica is America Forward’s Field Leadership Partner who oversees the vision, strategy, and management of America Forward’s field leadership work. She also heads the 100+ member America Forward Coalition. Additionally, Jessica leads America Forward’s coordination with New Profit to support the organization’s collective strategic goals.
Before joining the America Forward team at New Proft, Jessica served as Director of Government Relations at Van Scoyoc Associates, where she worked on behalf of clients in the areas of education, workforce development, financial service, healthcare, and transportation. Previously, she served as Legislative Assistant and Staff Liaison to the House Education and the Workforce Committee for Rep. Michael N. Castle. Under Rep. Castle, Jessica was responsible for advancing the Congressman’s priorities during the reauthorizations of the Higher Education, Head Start, and Child Nutrition Acts. Jessica also served as Legislative Assistant and Assistant Communications Director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce under the leadership of former Speaker of the House John Boehner and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, where she was responsible for amplifying and assisting with matters before the Committee, including efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Jessica also served as Legislative Correspondent to Rep. Jim Greenwood.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University and earned her Master of Arts in Communications from Johns Hopkins University. A military spouse, she currently lives in Maryland with her husband and their two daughters.