Jessica comes to CURYJ with an extensive background in education and nonprofit leadership. She believes strongly in learning as a means for power and purpose and has spent the past fifteen years working with schools and leaders to transform our systems of education. She earned her Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University and has taken on all kinds of roles in all kinds of settings — from residential life in a private boarding school in Minnesota to middle school leadership to district consultant around student engagement and restorative discipline. After seeing her middle school students get caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline, she became deeply invested in supporting teachers, schools, and districts in confronting and dismantling discriminatory disciplinary systems. From there, she became Head of Program and Executive Director for a wraparound alternative to incarceration program for transition-age young people. She brings this breadth of experience and perspective to her work at CURYJ, where she is proud and grateful to contribute to the Development Team. She is the adoring and awed mom of an adventurous three-year-old and is happy to be back to her Bay Area roots.