Jess joined ERA as the Program Assistant in November 2018. She comes from a background coordinating programs specific to women and girls in underserved communities. Previously she was the Advocate Coordinator at a rape crisis center serving seven counties of New Mexico. In this role she coordinated the 24/7 rape crisis hotline and oversaw the team of advocates who staffed it, as well as provided in person advocacy at sexual assault cases. She focused particularly on working with clients who were incarcerated, the victims of trafficking, addicted to substances, or who lived in remote areas without access to services.
She also has experience coordinating programs for young girls in under-resourced communities. She worked to encourage interest in STEM subjects in K-5 Girl Scouts. She also ran and wrote curriculum for a middle school and high school girls program in Buffalo, New York, focused on body image, community connections, and college planning.
Throughout her career Jess has demonstrated a commitment to serving those who are disproportionately affected by gender-based discrimination and violence. She brings that commitment to ERA in order to further its goal of providing legal justice to those who would otherwise be silenced.
Jess is a California native and a graduate of Houghton College in New York, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, with a minor in Intercultural Studies.