Hails From: San Diego, California
Job that Pays the Bills: 1/4 Time: Operations Manager for Girls Rugby Inc.
Full Time: Sexual Violence Prevention Educator and Advocate, San Diego State University
Jessika works with survivors of sexual and domestic violence and provides trainings and workshops focused on the de-stigmatization of sexual assault, and the prevention of domestic violence, stalking, and harassment.
Played rugby at South Burlington High School (graduated in 2011)
Leading Like a Boss:
Coach, Alta Vista High School Girls Rugby (2016- 2018)
Program Manager for Girls Rugby San Diego (2020-2023)
Operations Manager for Girls Rugby Inc., overseeing all program staff around the country (2023)
Why We Love Jessika:
In her first year with Girls Rugby Inc. San Diego, Jess grew the program to over 100 participants. In her second year, she led a successful grant initiative for underserved communities. The program registered over 100 girls, leading to over 150 registrations in regular season programming. She facilitated an exchange program in the US for 12 multi-sport coaches from Brazil to travel to Colorado for 10 days. Jess managed every part of the exchange program with Girls Rugby Inc.'s partner, Women Win.
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