Jessica was born in New York City where she spent her early childhood living in Queens, NY. At the age of seven, Jessica’s family — including her parents, her newborn sister, three dogs and two cats — moved to Greenwich, Connecticut.
Jessica attended Greenwich public schools and graduated from Greenwich High school in 2010. In that time, Jessica became a promising cello student at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy and her high school’s honors orchestra and string ensembles. Jessica also gave children ages 3-14 weekly cello lessons.
At the age of 13, Jessica received her first black belt and has since then evolved into a fourth-degree black belt in Isshin-ryū karate while training at Old Greenwich Karate. Jessica also used her experience and her out-going personality to teach children Karate at her dojo.
In the summer of 2008, Jessica went to Morocco and Southern France where she realized her passion for traveling. Since then, Jessica has traveled to Italy, Ireland and Egypt.
Following her high school graduation, Jessica moved to New Orleans to study at Loyola University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Pre-law from the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, and a minor in Journalism from the School of Mass Communication.
Jessica wrote her first article for The Maroon in October 2012 as a contributing writer. She accumulated more than 25 by-lines before she moved up from contributor to staff writer and to section editor, evolving as a leader and one of the most important and well-respected editors weekly publication.
Jess earned numerous recognitions both regionally and nationally by various academic institutions for her work with The Maroon, including a first place award in 2014 by the Columbia University School of Journalism. During her time on the editorial team at Loyola, Jess also served as the Philosophy Club’s President and held an internship with Uptown Messenger where she learned about hyper-local reporting and Wikipedia Editing.
THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD
Shortly after college graduation, Jess landed a job as Editorial Internet Marketing Associate at one of the top SEO firms in New Orleans. At Search Influence, Jess wrote website content for a large variety of clients all in different industries. She interviewed clients and wrote sponsored articles, as well as created the training process and documentation for this deliverable. She gained ample experience in editing websites, articles, social media posts, and blogs as well as received training in SEO, PPW, SMO and CSS.
With more than ten months of professional digital content marketing training under her belt, Jess transitioned to the magazine publishing world. She was hired at Renaissance Publishing as Traffic Coordinator in March 2015.
The largest magazine publishing company in New Orleans, Renaissance Publishing owns renowned local and regional titles including New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Bride, Louisiana Life, Acadiana Profile, Biz New Orleans and St. Charles Avenue as well as MyNewOrleans.com.
As Traffic Manager (promoted from Traffic Coordinator), Jess worked with graphic designers, sales managers, graphic designers, art directors and external writers to oversee print and web advertisement creation. Handling the ad production process for several clients personally and managing a very strict organizational structure, it was her job to innovate and streamline the department’s workflow.
Jess was (again) promoted at Renaissance in April 2016, establishing herself in the Editorial department to work under the infamous Mardi Gras expert and publishing author, Errol LaBorde Ph.D.
As Custom Editor, Jess manages the creation of all contract magazines published with Renaissance. Attesting to her versatility, leadership and customer interfacing skills, Jess works with big name clients in a variety of industries, such as the NFL (New Orleans Saints), the Port of New Orleans, Port of South Louisiana, Jazz Fest, the Junior League of New Orleans, the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and many others.
Jess also serves as a staff writer for New Orleans Magazine and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, as well as an advertising section and sponsored profiles writer for all of Renaissance’s in-house magazines.