professional and community service
Jess serves on a number of mission-driven boards, committees, and task forces, and volunteers her time for community and advocacy efforts.
National Main Street Center
Board Member, March 2018-present
Established in 1980 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street brings preservation-based economic development older and historic downtowns and commercial corridors.
Board of Directors: 2009-present
Board Chair: September 2012-December 2017
Next City has a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events, covering leaders, policies and innovations in metropolitan regions. I oversaw two executive transitions, the move from a print magazine to solely online content, and the broadening of our focus from U.S.-only to a global reach.
Transform, Oakland, California
Treasurer, Board of Directors: 2003-2006
TransFORM is a nonprofit organization that promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable and help solve our climate crisis.
National Building Museum
Intelligent Cities Advisory Committee: 2010-2011
This year-long initiative included a book, an exhibition, a national conference, and several other events to provide an interdisciplinary look at how data and information technology impact the way cities look, feel, and function.
San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR)
Board of Directors: March 2005-October 2006 | Advisory Board: October 2006-2014
A member-supported nonprofit organization, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area with research, education and advocacy.
Association for Community Design
Board of Directors: 2006-2009 | Board Chair: 2008-2009
Established in 1977, the Association for Community Design (ACD) is a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions committed to increasing the capacity of planning and design professions to better serve communities.
National Steering Committee: June 2013-October 2017
Equity & Affordability Advisory Committee: November 2008-November 2012
Planned since 2008, the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the first national certification program to recognize sustainable communities. Local leaders use STAR to assess, set targets, and measure sustainability.
Green Building Advisory Council | Washington, DC
Mayoral appointee: November 2012-present
This body monitors the District’s compliance with the 2007 Green Building Act and other policies, and advises the mayor on the promotion of sustainable development for city staff, the building community, and the public.