Jessica works with the Early Learning team at the Children’s Alliance and with the Early Learning Action Alliance to shrink the opportunity gap faced by low-income children and children of color by advocating for expanded access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all of Washington’s children. She also facilitates the organization’s advocacy for federal policies that expand early learning opportunities. Jessica formed a deep respect for the impact that high-quality early learning can have as the daughter of a Head Start teacher, and through her own years of teaching in a preschool classroom.
After graduating from the University of Washington, Jessica moved from her hometown of Seattle to Washington, D.C. There, she worked for more than ten years with non-profits, with the faith community and in the U.S. Congress, organizing and advocating for greater opportunity and economic security for those living at the margins of our economy. She has worked for a federal budget that prioritizes human needs, for justice for immigrant families, and for international development policies that support workers and subsistence farmers.
Jessica is thrilled to be home again and grateful for the opportunity to advocate on an issue of such deep personal importance. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son, a preschooler.