Jessica is the Grantmaking & Project Manager for TOF’s Programs and Consulting Team. She leads TOF’s grantmaking efforts and supports TOF Programs through project management for internal cross-programmatic work and select external partnerships. She also serves as an advisor for various external projects.
Jessica has a Master of Science Degree in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh with a marine conservation focus. For her thesis, she developed a GIS-based suitability model to determine where non-finfish multi-trophic aquaculture could potentially be used to help restore kelp forests in the waters of Puget Sound in Washington State. She also holds a B.S. in Biology from Portland State University.
Jessica has been working in and around the marine environment for almost 15 years. She started her career working with captive and stranded marine mammals in Oregon and continued working with stranded marine mammals in Massachusetts, where she also participated in and led endangered shorebird conservation efforts. She has been a naturalist and informal educator, both coastal and afloat, in Oregon, Massachusetts, Alaska, and Rhode Island. She helped design and implement an interactive marine conservation learning space and associated education materials for a global sailing race. She also has project management experience in various aspects of marine conservation. Most recently, she worked in global marine conservation philanthropy, collaborating with grantees around the world to develop projects that aligned with the funders’ and grantees’ missions.
In her spare time, she enjoys cruising the Puget Sound and BC coastal waters, adventuring near and far, and traveling to visit glaciers with her spouse.