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COO / Operations
Jessica is an innovative, resourceful and multidimensional leader applying almost a decade of experience working across startup, tech and nonprofit industries. Her varied experience spans organizational strategy, operations efficiency, systems design & implementation, board development, recruiting & training, people management, partnerships, fundraising, financial planning, event design, and program & project management. She has strong experience supporting founders and launching organizations into the next phase of growth, easily adapting to a variety of work styles and environments. She has a proven track record of translating vision and strategic priorities into thoughtful & realistic action plans, and asks the complex and sometimes unpopular questions to help alleviate problems before they arise. Jessica’s ability to leverage technology and relationships with partners & key stakeholders is unparalleled, as she exercises creativity and strong business acumen to shape outcomes and deliver impactful results.
In her most recent roles as COO, CEO and consultant, Jessica has ignited the trajectory of some of Chicago’s most influential nonprofit, startup, and youth development organizations. She has implemented strategies and processes that have more than tripled organizations’ revenue, increased teams from solo-founders to double digits, and positioned orgs to expand programming and reach across the country. She’s a natural and empathetic leader, committed to cultivating culture that advocates for & supports the wellness and growth of the individual, not just the work.
Jessica’s personal ethos is rooted in belief in community over self, faith, curiosity, kindness, accountability, sustainability, and creativity. Her goal is to continue building bridges and pathways for the advancement of traditionally-overlooked individuals and communities. Her personal interests include startup/innovation culture (yes, she’s personally and constantly fascinated by businesses that uniquely solve problems), books, music, and film.
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