Jessica believes that advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) requires building an organizational racial equity culture. She incorporates a DEI lens across all her consulting and coaching work — in organizational assessment, strategic planning, theory of change creation, organizational development, and leadership coaching. Jessica is inspired by the work of bringing data, rigor, accountability, and dynamic learning systems to her clients' audacious goals. Her facilitation techniques were developed over decades of program management and planning experience at the grassroots, national, and international organizational level. With deep experience in emergent and responsive planning approaches, Jessica increases organizational capacity to work in these complex times. She is passionate about working with white leaders on their DEI learning journey and brings humility to this work with a commitment to having courageous conversations.
Jessica is an Art of Transformational Consulting alumni network member. With a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and certified as a Professional CoActive Coach, Jessica combines an understanding of how large systems influence outcomes with a passionate belief that each person can move more powerfully into action towards a fulfilled life. Her inclusion coaching approach partners with white leaders to help them go deep within themselves, reflect on their privilege, make conscious choices to become more inclusive, and take courageous actions to make their organizations more equitable.
Joining Moving Beyond in 2019, Jessica is the lead consultant on the Raikes Foundation Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative. Prior to this, Jessica founded and managed Rooted Strategies, a boutique consulting firm based in New York City working with organizations like the Global Impact Investing Network, City Harvest of New York, the Local Economies Project foundation, and MDRC (a national social policy research and demonstration firm). Prior to this, Jessica spent six years managing a national economic justice program with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker-based global peace and social justice organization, and played a leadership role in four national coalitions.