Jessica is a California Native, and loves living and working in San Francisco.
While her parents brought her hiking throughout her childhood, she really discovered her deep connection to nature through whitewater kayaking in college. As she explored Northern California’s rivers, she discovered a deep love for the mountains and canyons she was paddling through. She took up backpacking and rock climbing, and was inspired to learn more about the environments she was exploring. Jessica added a Conservation and Resource Studies minor to her English Degree from UC Berkeley, and wrapped up her undergraduate degree by studying Tropical Biology and Conservation in Costa Rica.
After college, Jessica taught outdoor environmental education in the Sierra Nevadas and English in Oakland. In order to meld her interests in writing and communications with her love of science and the environment, Jessica completed her graduate work at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. While earning her degree, she worked in development at various Santa Barbara nonprofits, and after graduating she returned to San Francisco to work as the Development Director at Environmental Traveling Companions.
Jessica spends her free time hiking, biking, and generally exploring as much as possible.