Jess is a globally-minded strategist, advocate, and feminist with a decade-plus experience cultivating strong voices for social change.
Jess is currently Global Health Corps’ Vice President for Strategy + Communications, where she collaborates to shape and drive the movement of emerging leaders for health equity. In her role, she designs and facilitates leadership curriculum and leads the organization’s fundraising and communications strategies. Prior to, Jess spent many years as an independent consultant specializing in women’s health and rights and working across Asia, Africa, and the US. She led global initiatives on policy research and analysis as well as strategy and message development for such clients as UN Women, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Women Deliver. She got her start at Planned Parenthood Global in fundraising and program communications, while she provided abortion counseling at an NYC-based clinic on the weekends.
A vocal champion for mentorship, gender equity, and healthcare access, Jess has spoken widely on the subjects at events around the world, and written for numerous outlets including Ms. Magazine, The Lancet, and Al Jazeera. She served on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Northwest Abortion Fund. She earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School where she researched gender in Tibetan Buddhism, and a BA in religion and philosophy from Boston University.
Jess is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and an active yogi and hiker.