Jessica’s work at the foundation is largely focused on project management, including developing and implementing communications plans that raise awareness and tell the story about the work. Jessica’s time is mostly spent on ReSchool Colorado. She is deeply committed to ensuring our education system is structured in such a way that it can stay relevant with current societal needs and trends, and adequately prepares individuals to be healthy, fulfilled, contributing members of society. She believes that we have to think about how education interacts with and affects other systems, such as community, human services and labor, so that resources can be maximized and learners receive intentional supports to help them reach their personal goals.
Prior to joining the Donnell-Kay Foundation, Jessica worked at the Colorado Department of Education in a variety of roles, interacting with various education stakeholders on projects supporting a lot of different populations. She helped manage federally and state-funded dollars supporting adult education programming which assists adults who need support in attaining basic academic skills, are English Language Learners, and are obtaining skills to further employment, education and training, and/or the ability to engage more fully in their family, community and children’s education. Jessica also worked in the Commissioner’s Office supporting the Commissioner of Education and worked with innovation and charter schools when she worked in the Schools of Choice Office. Prior to CDE, Jessica worked with a non-profit providing high school equivalency testing to youth and adult offenders.
Jessica is a proud Colorado native and graduated from Colorado State University.
Karin Stayton, Boulder Housing Partners