Jessica is a longtime resident of Lexington’s 3rd District and a first-time candidate for political office. A mother of two young children, she is married to her college sweetheart, Daniel, an engineer by day and drummer by night. She has 20 years experience working in Lexington’s nonprofit, arts and media sectors, and for the past 11 years, has served as a director for the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, a community hub for creativity, early education and lifelong learning that empowers people to explore and express their voice.
Jessica was born and raised in Kentucky by a single mother who had a passion for serving the underserved, and who instilled in Jessica from an early age the importance of civic engagement and mission-driven work. Serving her community is a charge Jessica has always taken seriously, and one she is proud to pass on to her own two children. Having worked as a communications professional, social justice advocate, legislative aide for a Kentucky State Representative, and an assistant press attachè for the Embassy of Croatia, Jessica has seen our government and its many nuances through different lenses. Equipped with diverse and versatile experience, her informed and compassionate perspective will guide her decision making. She is motivated by everyday people, and the belief that we deserve civil servants who put their community first. She is ready to get to work on issues that include affordable housing and homelessness, smart and equitable growth, and greener neighborhoods.