Meet our MVPs - Most Valuable Philanthropists - the rising stars in the sports philanthropy industry. These individuals are recognized for their innovative strategies to effect change through sport.
Born and raised in Westchester, New York, Jessica grew up knowing the importance of giving back to her community. Her parents met volunteering for the Special Olympics, so she grew up knowing that sport can help people and serve as a vehicle for positive change. Jessica is only a few weeks away from her graduation from the University of Maryland, where she studied Family Science and Public Leadership in Maryland’s School of Public Health and School of Public Policy.
During her four years at Maryland, Jessica served as the Vice President of Community Relations for Maryland’s Sports Business Society (SBS), and spent countless hours fundraising and raising awareness for Children’s National Health System, the local children’s hospital in D.C. In her role with the SBS, she established an ongoing volunteer experience for members with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The Academy helps 3rd-8th-grade scholar-athletes learn hustle and motivation through baseball, so they can apply it to other parts of their life. Jessica has also fundraised $10,000 for Children’s National Health System and takes immense pride in being able to leave college knowing she helped children and their families when they need it most.
Jessica had her first internship at age sixteen and has been growing professionally ever since. She knew she wanted to work in the sports industry after a summer job as a development assistant for a caddie scholarship fund. During her junior year, she had a full-year development internship with Maryland Athletics, where she got to learn from development professionals who fundraise for 500 student-athlete scholarships and special projects on campus. Most recently, she was a corporate social responsibility intern at NBCUniversal, Cable Entertainment (Bravo, USA Network, Syfy, Oxygen, E!, Universal Kids) and contributed to the creation of a national cause-marketing campaign. She is incredibly grateful for all of the people she has gotten to meet and learn from thus far.
Jessica is a young professional who is hard-working, personable, and brings energy and passion to what she does. She is currently looking for her first job and is excited about what the next chapter of her life has in store for her.