Jessica came to NeighborWorks America in 2004 as an integral part of the original Success Measures team at the McAuley Institute. As a cultural anthropologist with significant experience in participatory and mixed-method evaluations that bring diverse perspectives together for inclusive input, she now directs the enterprise’s custom consulting evaluation projects and strategic learning processes for national and regional funders, intermediaries and funding collaboratives. Jessica also leads the research, development and testing of measurement tools and evaluation frameworks related to community development, including financial capability, community engagement, health and healthy communities and creative community development.
Prior to her work as a research associate at McAuley, Jessica served as program coordinator at the Community Partnership Center at University of Tennessee directing the Participatory Research and Planning Program, and as director of the Community Outreach Partnership Center at University of Florida. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Florida.