DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Jessica is a licensed social worker with clinical training in child and adolescent trauma treatment, including supportive counseling with toddlers, teenagers, and adults exposed to interpersonal violence. Jessica provides leadership and management of all Lineage programs across New York City; maintains ongoing relationships with site staff to ensure program excellence; leads program and curriculum development; and oversees the hiring, training and supervision of Lineage’s teachers. She is passionate about co-creating spaces where we can connect more deeply to ourselves and each other with care and compassion, and is committed to playing her part in transforming systems historically characterized by dehumanization and oppression.
Jessica previously served as Director of an intensive developmental education program in the South Bronx that cultivates the academic and social-emotional skills of new college students. She has facilitated trainings on trauma-conscious practices and is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School. She is the co-author of a book chapter, “Unpacking racism, poverty and trauma’s impact on the school-to-prison pipeline,” in Strategies for Deconstructing Racism in the Health and Human Services (Oxford University Press, 2016). She holds a B.A. from Princeton University, and a Masters in Social Work with honors from Hunter College.