Jessica grew up in Smithsburg, Maryland and is a proud graduate of public schools. She earned her undergraduate degree in music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Hood College in Frederick. Jessica is a general music teacher with Frederick County Public Schools and has taught at Oakdale Elementary School for the past 16 years.
When elected to the first Frederick County Council under charter government in 2014, Jessica was one of only two women under the age of 40 serving in county elected government in the entire state of Maryland. As a graduate of Emerge Maryland, a prestigious political training program for Democratic women, she is engaged with the best and brightest of Maryland’s political leaders.
Jessica has represented District 4 on the Frederick County Council since 2014, championing numerous pieces of legislation that have been enacted by a bipartisan County Council including: repealing the county’s English-only Ordinance, improving affordable workforce housing by strengthening the Housing Initiative Fund, creating a Human Trafficking Task Force, addressing anti-discrimination, and establishing a Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group and setting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for the County.
A strong advocate for educators and working families, Jessica is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Frederick County Teachers Association and has served as an elected delegate to the Maryland State Education Association and National Education Association Representative Assemblies.
A lifelong supporter of the arts, Jessica has performed for many years with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the Board of Directors of the FSO and the Frederick Arts Council.
Jessica was named one of The Frederick News Post’s 13 Young Professionals Under 30 in 2012 and was honored as one of the Maryland Daily Record’s Leading Women in 2015. In 2014, Jessica was named Political Activist of the Year by the National Education Association.
Jessica is a widow and the mother of two children, Jonah and Jane. She lives in the City of Frederick.