Throughout her career, Jessie has held business development and strategic communication leadership roles within global firms as well as NGOs. She currently heads Market Development for the Seattle office of K&L Gates, a global law firm with a presence in 48 US and international markets. From an NGO perspective, she has directed change and development initiatives for organizations focused on addressing the needs of children and families living in crisis and poverty, both locally and globally in her role as co-founder of Open Foundation South Africa in Cape Town. She is also a member of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board at Seattle University. Jessie received her undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, holds a master's degree in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, and earned an MBA from Brown University and the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.