Jess is the Senior Director for Advocacy and Communications at Global Health Corps (GHC). She leads communications and advocacy across the organization and oversees new fellow recruitment.
Before joining GHC, Jess managed a multi-million dollar grant portfolio as a Program Officer on the global tobacco control policy and advocacy team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, Jess spent nearly five years as an independent communications and advocacy consultant specializing in reproductive rights in Asia, Africa, and the US. While on contract with UN Women in Thailand, she developed advocacy briefings on gender-based violence nationally and regionally for Asia-Pacific Member States attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She conducted research in Ghana on the impacts of the US foreign policy on reproductive healthcare for the global rights group Ipas.
As a Manager at Global Health Strategies, Jess led media and advocacy for the 2010 Women Deliver conference, hailed by The Lancet as “the most significant event for the future of women in 20 years.” She got her start at Planned Parenthood Global, first as a part-time intern and later as Program Officer for Communication and Learning; she worked as an abortion counselor at an NYC clinic on the weekends. Jess has written widely for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Rewire, and Ms. Magazine, among others. Until recently relocating to Los Angeles, Jess sat on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Northwest Abortion Fund.
Jess earned her Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on applied ethics and Tibetan Buddhism. She was awarded a grant to conduct health literacy training with Tibetan Buddhist nuns in remote Ladakh, India. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BA in religion and philosophy where she received the Richard Ellis Katz Award in Religion.