About Jessica

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With a grounding in social work and mindfulness-based meditation, Jessica has spent two decades leading individuals, non-profits, and ethical corporations through transformations that allow them to raise more money, build stronger teams, and make measurable progress towards our collective goals of a more just, equitable and enlightened society.

A featured speaker on strategic activism, transformative philanthropy, empowerment-based fundraising and corporate social responsibility, Jessica’s joy-centric, high-energy style provides both tangible deliverables and an inspiring, overarching sense of possibility. She has most recently been featured at Candid, Fundraising Day New York, Nonprofit New York, and the past three years of SXSW.

Jessica holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, and will receive her certification as a Mindfulness-Based Meditation Teacher in 2022. She serves on the Boards of Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network and SOMA Action, and is a proud community member of Maplewood, NJ where she lives with her partner and two young sons.


  • JPMC Foundation
  • Children Of Promise
  • Obama For America