Born and raised in the Des Moines area, Jessica graduated with honors from Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has a passion for learning, social and political progress, and helping others. Through her professional experiences, Jessica has gained a background in youth services, event planning, marketing, and freelance creative work. Jessica is currently employed as an associate producer for a local television station.
Jessica enjoys traveling, live music, true crime podcasts, and reading (usually about the '90s feminist punk movement). A lifelong learner, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree and become an English Literature Professor. She hopes to use writing, literature, and social and demographic research to raise awareness of social issues and promote community engagement.