Currently, Jessica serves as Vice President at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. In her role she is sharpening the Foundation’s place-based grant making strategies, developing new programmatic initiatives, and deepening institutional knowledge to ensure more equitable impact across Baltimore. Prior, Jessica led Art in Praxis - a national consultancy applying creative practices to organizational development. There she designed and facilitated hundreds of capacity building initiatives and interventions to increase effectiveness of cultural institutions, municipalities, and community based groups.
Jessica is an emerging collector of contemporary black art, and a cultural worker; producing narrative-driven interactive experiences that shift hearts and minds, and spur action. Her first gallery exhibition was both time-capsule and time machine, Meridians, a 40-year (1997 - 2037) incomplete survey of DC Arts and Culture through personal and community-sourced ephemera, exhibited at Transformer Gallery in Washington, DC. 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).