Jess serves High Watch as Vice President of Programming. In that role, she oversees all recovery programs and manages the guest experience. Jess also serves High Watch as Associate General Counsel.
Jess has spent much of her career with international non-government organisations. She has volunteered in African and Asian nations caring for and supporting displaced, vulnerable, and underserved populations.
Jess graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a degree in International Social Justice. While completing her undergrad degree, Jess spent a semester in Uganda and Rwanda, where she focused her studies on extremely vulnerable individuals stranded in internally displaced persons camps. Jess later became the U.S. liaison, fundraiser, and project coordinator for Pader Support to Extremely Vulnerable Initiatives in northern Uganda. In that capacity, Jess co-organised a mobile medical clinic for the underserved population in rural Pader District.
Jess graduated with High Honours from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar. While at UConn Law, Jess served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Connecticut Law Review, and published an article, Identity and Personhood: Advocating for the Abolishment of Closed Adoption Records Laws, in a 2017 edition of the law journal. Jess was the winner of the William R. Davis Mock Trial Competition and a finalist in the American Association for Justice Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition. She also served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Victor A. Bolden in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Before coming to High Watch, Jess worked as an attorney at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in the Land Use Litigation Department, where she supported public and private clients with a variety of issues, including affordable housing and tax exemption appeals.
Jess has spent considerable time visiting temples, backpacking, and engaging in spiritual exploration in India and Thailand.