Jessica is a native Washingtonian of Cuban, Colombian, and Chinese descent who developed a passion for media and civil rights at an early age. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to immerse herself in reporting covering issues that impacted children and families in urban areas through her work with Children’s Express throughout the 90's. This included covering Stand’s D.C. rally in 1996.
Most recently, Jessica served as Sr. Director of Communications, Marketing and Membership at the National Waste & Recycling Association. Prior to that experience, she worked for NCLR/UnidosUS, the Mayor of the City of New Haven and other spaces that focused on civil rights, broadcast entertainment/celebrity engagement, politics, and education reform. Her fluency in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German have been helpful in reaching diverse populations in all of these roles.
Jessica values her role at Stand as an opportunity to expand awareness about the impact of the organization’s work at a national level and also to support maximizing reach and engagement in the states where Stand has Affiliates. Her son, Jax, is 12 years old and attends a very special school in Orlando that focuses on his severe special needs stemming from his cerebral palsy and deaf-blindness. Jessica lives in the D.C. area with her two toddler-aged daughters, husband, and very spunky 90+ year-old grandmother.