Jessica is the Program Director for the California Fire Safe Council. She grew up on a small family farm in the Pacific Northwest where the seeds for her love of land stewardship and healthy practices for resilient communities were planted. Jessica holds a BA in Environmental Studies, with a minor in American Indian & Indigenous Studies, from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to her time at CFSC, Jessica worked in Urban Indian Health developing and directing programs to connect traditional and cultural practices to health and wellness for the wellbeing of American Indian/Alaska Native urban communities. Jessica’s background spans from sustainable food systems, to native habitat restoration, to traditional ecological knowledge, to cultural programs for resiliency. Jessica brings with her years of experience in leadership, program development, grants/contract management, project direction, partnership building, community engagement, and advocacy. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys gardening at home or hiking, camping, and exploring with her husband and their dog, Ozzy.