Jessica is a senior account executive for Parson + Associates (P+A), who’s committed to helping clients tell their story by engaging the communities they are working to improve. With experience in the non-profit and public sectors, her strengths are demonstrated her ability to think creatively, build relationships, and deliver under pressure.
A Kansas City native, Jessica returned to Kansas City after studying at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She began her career in local politics as a Bright Futures city council intern for former Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, and later assisted him on his re-election campaign in coordination with P+A – back when they were in the Lincoln Building. She ventured into the non-profit sector as a fundraiser and volunteer coordinator for Kansas City Public Television and 90.9 The Bridge, where she began to hone her storytelling and engagement skills.
Most recently, she had the privilege of working for former Mayor Sly James, first as a communications assistant but was quickly elevated to become a senior advisor for public affairs. Through those roles, she played an integral part in shaping and sharing the mayor’s message and agenda, addressing communications crises, and executing public events – from citywide celebrations to the State of the City Address to a series of citywide racial equity trainings.
Jessica majored in International Political Economy and received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City
Previous Organizational Involvement
- Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus Board
- Secret talent?
I can put together Ikea furniture like nobody’s business.
- Five simple pleasures you can’t do without, barring the essentials?
In no particular order…Netflix, coffee, breakfast food, Asian cuisine, and podcasts.
- Best advice you’ve ever received?
People love being asked for advice.
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