Jessica has worked at ARIES for 12 years, including five years as Director of the institute. In 2017 she followed her passion to become Director of the Habitat Stepping Stones program instead, while also writing a biography of Esther Abrahams (a First Fleet convict girl who became First Lady of NSW).
With a strong background in business administration and communication, Jessica's previous roles include: Consultant Editor for the EarthWatch Institute's ClimateWatch website; Business Manager for the sustainability and carbon-management consultancy Kinesis; and owner of a publishing business.
Jessica's writing includes: four handbooks on industry-specific administration; two lifestyle books; "Contributing to Sustainable Development" (a chapter co-written with Suzanne Benn for Tomorrow Today, the UN's book celebrating the United Nations' Decade of Education for Sustainable Development); plus articles for the Journal of the NSW Association for Environmental Education, the Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, Vogue Entertaining and Vogue Children. She has also edited documents for many government and private organisations.
Jessica is also a co-founder and Director of the Senior Services Guide. Her voluntary contributions include membership of the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, teaching English to adult migrants, and providing administration services to the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES).