As a former teacher, I know the value of having access to, and knowing how to use, high-quality and actionable data. I am driven by the desire to see all students, families, teachers, and policymakers similarly empowered with the data they need to help ensure a great education for every child.
Jessica provides research and policy support on a number of DQC initiatives, including the use of data to improve educator preparation programs, education research, and measurement work to better understand the landscape of state efforts to make data work for students. She is encouraged by DQC’s focus on empowering students and families.
Before joining DQC in 2016, Jessica served as a legislative fellow in the office of US Senator Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), where she worked on P–12 and postsecondary education policy. Previously, she worked on education and evidence-based policies as an intern at the US Department of Education, New America’s Education Policy Program, and the US Office of Management and Budget. Jessica’s work in education policy is in part inspired by time spent in the classroom both as a high school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools and adjunct professor in Baltimore County.
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in government and French studies from Wesleyan University and a master’s in American government from Georgetown University. She is a third-generation education advocate and is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Pilates reformer classes, and practicing French.