Jess joined the Center in June 2020 as a senior attorney with the Capacity Building Center for Courts. Jess comes from the District of Columbia’s Children’s Law Center where she was most recently a senior supervising attorney in the guardian ad litem program. Over Jess’s decade of work at Children’s Law Center, she served in a number of roles ranging from staff attorney to training director and her work was always driven by a commitment to DC’s children and families. Jess came to the Center with the goal of continuing and expanding that commitment to children and families across the country.
Jess’s work is most strongly motivated by the words of one of her young clients, “this is my life,” and she strives to work within a paradigm that recognizes that youth and families know themselves best and should be the drivers of their own lives and futures. Jess is humbled by the strength of the families and youth that she has worked for and with directly and is honored to be able to continue this work on a broader scale.