Hospitality Coordinator at Evoke Therapy Intensives
Education & Prior Work Experience
Jessica received her master's in Public Policy and Administration from University of Southern California, where she was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She also received a certificate in Social Action and Justice from Pepperdine University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Jessica worked in program development for the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, leading delegations to the U.S. from the Middle East and North Africa; coordinated programs at Zocalo Public Square; and most recently, spent the last few years running her art and meditation studio, Gather. She currently works for Groundswell Fund, working towards building resources for grassroots organizations and policy change efforts led by women of color and transgender people.
As an artist, yoga teacher, and decolonization activist, Jessica is heavily involved in community healing around race, ancestry, and identity. Her approach to community work and group facilitation is informed by her academic training and grounded in her identity. She holds affinity spaces for people of color and leads wellness workshops for ancestral healing and decolonization. She is passionate about brown womxn rising, intersectionality, and is excited to join Evoke in their first-ever Woman of Color Intensive.
In her spare time, Jessica draws, paints, and writes poetry for the revolution. She hosts a poetry slam in Bend, Oregon, organizes a woman of color bookclub, and hosts events around racial healing and healing justice. She loves riding dirt bikes and spending as many hours lakeside as possible, cooking the ancestral food, collecting antiques, reading sci fi, playing board games, and to tending to her little farm filled with goats, chickens, bees, fruits and veggies, herbs and flowers. She also she sits on the board of Embrace Bend, the city of Bend’s DEI Task Force, and chairs the Central Oregon Womxn of Color Book Club.