Director of Student Experience and Belonging
University of East London, MICLJ
The College of Saint Rose, BA
Jessica comes to Sonoma Academy from the Winchester Thurston School (WT) in Pittsburgh, where she held the position of Director of Equity, Inclusion, & Wellness (DEIW) across their entire PK-12 program, where she implemented a new DEIW action plan that included a curriculum review, an improved process for hiring practices, a redesign of the Admission team practices, a review of school traditions through DEIW lens, new systems of accountability for more formal feedback and evaluation of faculty and staff, and professional trainings on implicit bias and restorative justice practices. She also designed and led Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness programs for students, faculty, and staff.
Prior to WT, Jessica worked as a history teacher and Diversity Collaborative Chair at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Relations and Marketing) from The College of Saint Rose, a Master of Laws in International Law and Criminal Justice from the University of East London, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida.
Jessica is also a former college and professional athlete, having played basketball in the NCAA, the CBF (Cyprus), and the WBBL, and she was also a successful basketball coach. She worked with PeacePlayers International, which uses sport to bring people together across societal dives, and Jessica also served as the lead project coordinator for the first State University of New York (SUNY) Global Leader Experience student leadership program. She loves hiking, music, sports, and travel.