Jessica (she/her) has been creating quality, empowering programming for children and youth for over 25 years. Her work began as an out-of-school time practioner for performing arts programs around the country. Most recently Jessica spent 15 years designing and directing programs for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. In 2017 Jessica was selected one of 22 national Change Leader through the Ashoka Children’s Wellbeing Initiative. She is a certified trainer in the Youth Quality Programs Assessment tool, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care, Kids at Hope, and Strong Communities Raise Strong Kids methods. She teaches and presents nationally on the intersection of arts and resilience. Jessica holds a BA in theatre from Arizona State University with advanced studies from the University of London. She loves puppets, hip hop dance, backpacking, googly eyes, exploring new places, and hearing people’s stories.