Prior to NEFA, Jess managed the visual arts studios and galleries at the Umbrella Arts Center, programming installations, developing public art initiatives, and leading artist committees. In her earlier work in member services and outreach at Artisan’s Asylum, she grew membership in an active makerspace while curating events and developing partnerships. As a dancer and dance educator, Jess has created, performed, taught and trained in dance, and is the Boston founder of National Choreography Month, where she led community building initiatives and provided professional development and performance opportunities for over 100 dance artists. She has served on a number of creative task forces and committees, including the City of Somerville’s Creative Space Task Force. Jess holds a B.A. in Transformative Pedagogy and completed the University of Pennsylvania’s National Arts Strategies Executive Program. Jess currently resides in Waltham, MA.
In this newly created role, Jess will coordinate the operations of the creative economy program’s processes and tools, including supporting the growth and development of CreativeGround, NEFA’s online creative economy directory and research database, and other creative economy data projects.