With empathy and collaboration at the heart of her approach, Jessica works closely with clients to cultivate values-based partnerships and identify practical solutions to meet their needs. She draws on a sharp eye for detail, a talent for research, and a decade of nonprofit and fundraising experience to build consensus across stakeholders and help complex projects succeed.
Jessica has always sought opportunities to catalyze social change while building authentic, trusting relationships to connect donors with causes that speak to their core values. She honed her skills across the resource development continuum: individual fundraising, grantwriting, special events, moves management, philanthropy and prospect research, data management and operations, corporate volunteer engagement, and strategic communications.
Prior to Geneva Global, Jessica was a freelance consultant, producing deliverables, guiding fundraising strategies, and writing grants for nonprofit clients. She previously oversaw a $6 million institutional partnerships portfolio and a robust grant pipeline to support LGBTQ older New Yorkers. In the global Jewish humanitarian space, she managed a portfolio of individual and institutional major donors, as well as two unrestricted multi-million-dollar campaigns. She started her career in social justice and community organizing, including building power with low-income communities in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
Jessica graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Italian, with certificates in Latin American Studies, Western European Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
What’s your best travel advice?
Walk the streets, visit the local market, and meet people. For me, there is no better way to capture the flavor and culture of a place than by being in community, sharing and listening, and taking in your surroundings with all five senses. Also, you can never pack enough undergarments.
What brings you joy?
Theatre, dancing, traveling, cooking (and eating) delicious food, meandering in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, being with loved ones, and getting lost in books.
What three words would you use to describe your colleagues?
Caring, driven, collaborative
Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?
The people, the diversity of our work, and the mission. I continue to be inspired by the impeccable standards, depth of knowledge, and generosity of my colleagues. Our work is always evolving and challenging me to grow. I am energized by the many ways Geneva Global’s values exemplify the best of what is possible through philanthropy—aligning complex needs with strategic, impactful, equitable solutions.