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Jessica’s Bio

A drive to understand and share the diverse experiences of others led Jessica to pursue a degree in Theater and Communication Arts at Gannon University in Pennsylvania. After graduation, Jessica channeled this interest into a career in the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.

Jessica came to Pass With Flying Colors from New Sector Alliance, a professional development training program serving college students and young professionals. She most recently served as the national Program and Curriculum Director, after launching and scaling the organization’s Chicago presence as Founding Program Manager. Jessica has previously worked with growing organizations addressing youth development, hunger, women’s health, economic security and other issues.  After earning an MBA at University of Illinois, Jessica focused on education and youth leadership work as the key agent for changing communities and addressing inequity.

Jessica is involved with the Gross Park Advisory Council and volunteers annually helping to evaluate new programs at After School Matters. Jessica and her family – including her daughter who attends a CPS elementary school – live in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. 

Education

Gannon University, B.A. in Theater and Communication Arts

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.B.A

What I Wish I Knew My First Year

“In my professional career, having a diverse group of mentors has been invaluable. I wish I understood that value during college and worked to cultivate relationships with more professors, career center staff, supervisors and others. I would have benefited from hearing about more perspectives and experiences as I considered my professional interests, internship opportunities and post-graduation options.”

Favorite Place on Campus

“The college radio station. I began on-air work my freshman year and eventually served as Music Director and later as General Manager. I spent many of my out of class hours at the station. It was a great outlet for creativity, and allowed me to build so many skills I still use today.”