Elevate’s first Vice President of New Client Partnerships, Jessica is responsible for all marketing and new business development at Elevate. Leaning into her own experience as a grant writer and her background in nonprofit strategy, program design, and management, Jessica brings a deep understanding of the “pain points” nonprofits face and a strategic approach to addressing these through smart grant programs.
Jessica joined Elevate in 2016 as a team Director, and has held roles within Elevate’s management and business development teams since 2018. She is an experienced nonprofit professional with a background in corporate and foundation fundraising, program design, strategy, and partnerships. Prior to Elevate, Jessica worked in development and program management roles at the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Environmental Education Foundation, both based in the DC region. She also spent two years in her early career teaching high school biology in Northern Virginia.
A native of Atlanta, Jessica earned an MEd in Secondary Science Education at Georgia State University and a BS in Applied Biology at Georgia Tech.
When not hard at work, you may find Jessica on the river, in the kitchen, buried in an e-book, or traveling to Brooklyn to play “auntie.” Jessica works from her home in Falls Church, Virginia, where she lives with her husband, their son, and as many rescue dogs as the other members of the household will tolerate.
I am an excellent home cook, and I detest wasting food. I pride myself on my tasty and creative recipes that use up whatever is in the fridge and pantry. Omelets, huge clean-out-the-fridge salads, and baked goods are some of my favorite ways to use what we have.
Anything by Barbara Kingsolver or Jhumpa Lahiri.