Skoll Scholar 2005-06
Geographical Location: North America
Area of Activity: Sustainable Markets

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Before coming to Oxford, Jessica was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan and later the Co-Founder of the nationally (U.S.) franchised non-profit organisation, The Campus Kitchens Project.
Since completing her Oxford MBA, Jessica has provided strategy consulting to dozens of social enterprises, and served for five years as the first Director of Giving (later Director of Social Innovation) for TOMS Shoes. She is currently founding Managing Director of Texas Competes, a state-wide coalition of businesses and business leaders who recognise and promote the business case for equality and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers, families, and tourists in the state of Texas. Jessica gave a 2017 SXSW keynote on equality and the rights of transgender people.

Jessica is the author of Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work. She has become a vocal advocate for working parents and her recent TEDx talk on the case for paid parental leave in the U.S. was a featured TED talk.