Jessica was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. After graduating from Gertz-Ressler High School, she attended UC San Diego where she earned her BA in Urban Studies and Planning.
During her undergraduate years, she worked as a tour guide to represent latin@ students at the university while also getting a change to interact with minority students that visited the campus. She also consulted with students that violated the Academic Integrity policies at the university with a simple message that she grew up knowing—good people make mistakes too.
Currently, she works at Mount Saint Mary’s University. In her spare time, she reads, goes to the beach, and enjoys drinking milk tea with boba.