Extended version: Currently, Jessica serves as the Senior Program Officer at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. In her role she is sharpening the Deutsch Foundation’s grant making strategies, developing new programmatic initiatives, and deepening institutional knowledge to ensure maximum impact in Baltimore. Prior, Jessica served as Principle at Art in Praxis - a national consultancy applying creative practice to organizational development. There she tailored hundreds of capacity building initiatives to the needs of cultural institutions, municipalities, networks, and community based groups across the US that addressed issues of equity, resource development, and engagement.
Jessica is also a cultural worker; producing interactive public arts exhibitions, and products in service of narrative change and community building.Recognized by Baltimore Magazine in 2018 as one of "30 Changemakers Shaping the Future of the City", she believes the arts can help shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.Jessica earned a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University, where her graduate school cohort bestowed on her the Hal Kellner Award, presented to a class member whose characteristics include being “challenging, thoughtful, humorous…[and] someone who holds a deep concern about social justice.”
Jessica is a member of RoadMap Consulting, a Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovator, and advisor to a host of organizations, including National Arts Strategies and Impact Hub Baltimore. She is a proud contributor to Animating Democracy’s Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change (2017) We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make by Andrea Pippins (Chronicle Books, 2018).