Jess has been leading the Global Risk and Safety team since April 2015. Prior to joining the IO in 2014, Jess served for seven years as a U.S. Air Force officer; she deployed twice, and her decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal. She also brings hands on experience from Latin America and East Africa where she was involved in sustainable development projects and conflict resolution research. Jess double-majored in International Studies and Political Science for her B.A. from the University of Dayton, and was a Distinguished Graduate of St. Mary’s for her M.A. in International Relations. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, and playing with her two pups.
Director, Global Risk & Safety