Jessica grew up in Springfield, Illinois, attending most of the same local public schools that her daughter also attended years later. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and History at Millikin University, and a Master’s in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
As a research intern at the bipartisan Legislative Research Unit, Jessica completed the Illinois Legislative Scholars Internship Program before joining the Illinois Senate Democratic Staff in 2005. There, she served in a variety of capacities before becoming the Policy and Budget Analyst for the Education and Pensions committees.
Jessica loves her job as the Government Affairs Director with Stand for Children, which she has held since 2010. She sits on the Professional Review Panel (to review the new school funding model), the State Assessment Review Committee, and the Performance Evaluation Advisory Counsel.
Jessica recently sent her only biological daughter off to college and filled her empty nest with teen-mom foster daughters and their babies.