Prior to joining the Steans Family Foundation, Jessica served as Director of Alumni Affairs and as a Post-Secondary Counselor at North Lawndale College Prep High School from 2011 to 2018. In those positions, she was charged with devising and implementing strategies targeted at student exposure and preparation for career opportunities; support navigating financial aid; access to enrichment and extracurricular opportunities; seamless post-secondary transition; and successful student outcomes. From 2007-2011, she worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as a Senior Admissions Counselor.
Jessica graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and a M.Ed. She enjoys cooking for friends and family and exercising. Jessica and her husband, Randy are parents to their daughter, Aniyah.