Jessica grew up in Arkansas, where she attended local public schools before moving to Chicago for college. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with bachelor degrees in political science and journalism.
She most previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, where she managed digital strategy and production for the editorial board and the opinion section. It was through her work there that she became passionate about improving K-12 public education and empowering parents to make the decisions they believe best benefit their children.
Jessica lives in Chicago with her husband, their young son and two cats.