Jessica is a graduate of the University of New Orleans (UNO) where she received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning with concentrations in land use planning, urban design, and housing and community economic development. Jessica is passionate about developing inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities through engagement, planning, and creative design. Her portfolio includes diverse projects that foster innovative policy and urban planning solutions for communities and stakeholders at the neighborhood, regional, and state levels.
Jessica was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. During her time at UNO, she was treasurer of the student organization, Crescent City Shapers, and acted as the student representative for the American Planning Association’s Metro New Orleans and Louisiana chapters. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and going to food and music festivals.
Notable work includes a best practices report to inform local officials of equitable relocation and buyout strategies that preserve endangered coastal cultures; a design overlay district for implementing small-scale green infrastructure on city-owned vacant lots; and a map analysis of conditions, land area, and land values of scattered sites owned by a neighborhood community development corporation.
What’s your creative tool of choice?
Drawing, Collaging, InDesign, Illustrator, GIS
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
People, Art, Culture, Nature, Pinterest
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
I would make implementation processes easier and funding for resources/projects more accessible