Jessica is Policy Director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). She has more than 13 years of experience in state and federal legislative policy and advocacy.
For the past nine years, she has directed state and federal policy initiatives at CEDAM, a nonprofit trade association serving the community economic development (CED) industry through training, resources, and policy advocacy. Jessica’s work focuses on coalition building and advocating for policies that create more vibrant, equitable neighborhoods around the state. This includes affordable housing, tax policy, asset building, and consumer financial protections.
Jessica is also the acting executive director for the Rural Partners of Michigan (RPM) which focuses on economic development in rural areas around the state. She also serves on the Executive Committee for Partners for Rural America.
She previously worked as a staff member in the House of Representatives and for a nonprofit focused on developing affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.