Vice President for Advancement at Starr King School for the Ministry
Jessica has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation since 2013 and has worked in fundraising for over 20 years. She has worked for the Libertarian National Committee, RuffaloCODY (now Ruffalo Noel Levitz), the University of South Carolina, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Starr King School for the Ministry. Through her consulting work, she has also closely advised Samford University and the University of Alabama. She maintains her blog, Real Deal Fundraising, posting weekly on Thursdays. When she worked for her alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi, in one year, she increased the total dollars raised by over 300%, and in three years, she increased the number of first-time donors by 285%. During her tenure, the total number of yearly donors to the USM Foundation increased from about 3,000 to over 8,000. Her boss there nicknamed her the “Tasmanian Devil of Fundraising”. She is also an AI author, with her book, Successful Fundraising Calls: A Phonathon Scripting Workshop.