I have had the pleasure of working with Jessica this past year in her role as an alumni mentor to our AmeriCorps VISTA program. We have recently been going under changes across the program, including our mentorship. We wished to more intentionally engage all our alumni, but struggled with ways to do so.

Jessica helped us develop a new program strategy around alumni engagement based on her experiences as a mentor, past experiences as a VISTA, and our program focus around social justice. Throughout our work with her, Jessica guided us by asking questions, providing insight from her experiences, and pointing us to resources to help us.

Jessica has a unique ability to guide ideation. She was able to give us space to ideate, gently challenged us when needed, and listened. She has also been a tremendous mentor for our VISTAs, often going far beyond our expectations. Jessica is guided by a desire to make our community more kind and more equitable, and this shines in every aspect of her work.

Emma Olson, MPP Candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs