Jessica is a public health enthusiast with a passion for minimizing inequity within adolescent sexual health. This interest can be traced back to her early upbringing, when she noticed her peers facing unplanned pregnancy and minimal sex education programming throughout middle and high school. Determined to be an independent resource to herself and her friends, she studied anatomy and puberty by checking out books from her local library.
While at the University of Virginia, where she completed her BA in Global Development Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she took her passion to action and created the first peer education advocacy group through Planned Parenthood on campus. As an education intern at the Planned Parenthood Charlottesville office, she facilitated sex education workshops, recruited over a dozen college students, and trained them to be peer sexual health educators on campus. After graduating, Jessica moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to serve as a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.
Jessica is currently a Program Coordinator at Elon University's Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and is responsible for supporting peer health educators deliver INclued, a comprehensive LGBTQIA inclusive sex education curriculum, on campus. Jessica is super excited to serve on the Youth Advisory Council because she believes sex education is POWER! She is passionate about all young people having access to inclusive, meaningful sexual health education that challenges gender stereotypes, is social justice oriented, and equips students with communication skills to be lifelong advocates for their sexual health. Jessica is also a Masters of Public Health candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she is excited learn and gain more tools to continue her career expanding sexual and reproductive health education initiatives in community based settings.
Outside of her work in sex education, Jessica’s interests include watching reality television, food justice, learning TikTok dances, fangirling over public transportation, and making candles.