2020 Region V Academy Coach
Jessica is the Associate Director in the Global Learning Office at Northwestern University where she oversees student services and pre-departure orientation, manages a summer program in Barcelona, and advises on a portfolio of programs in Oceania, Spain, and the MENA region. Before coming to Northwestern she served as the Training Director of the Urban Chicago Chapter of Amigos de las Américas, training students to lead community development projects in Latin America and worked as an adviser at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Study Abroad Office. She has an MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a BS in International Business and Spanish from the University of Dayton. She has studied abroad twice, first as an undergraduate studying Spanish and business for a semester at the University of Deusto in San Sebastián, Spain and later as a graduate student studying International Education at Loyola’s campus in Rome. Jessica is a member of NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Global Leadership League. She sits on the Executive Committee of IFSA's National Advisory Board, works on the IFSA Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group, and is a Mentor in the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Mentorship Program. In her spare time she likes cooking, traveling, and exploring Chicago for activities to help her two young children burn energy and satisfy their curiosity.