A lifelong Minnesotan
Jessica has a diverse knowledge base in compliance, anti-money laundering, consumer protection, investor education, and financial products and markets. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a degree in Political Science and is passionate about a government that provides value for people of all education levels, income and lifestyles.
a spirit of community involvement
Jessica is involved in her local community as a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement and is active in local and state politics. She believes strongly in participating to the best of each of our abilities regardless of affiliations or beliefs. Providing unbiased financial education and options to people of all ages and stages is what makes her work a mission to educate and empower individuals to take responsibility over their finances.
When she isn’t at work or volunteering, Jessica enjoys the outdoors in most all capacities: hunting, hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and snowshoeing. Growing up in Merrifield, Minnesota, probably contributed to her love of the outdoors. Jess loves spending time with her family and two dogs in central Minnesota. She loves taking hikes at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and reading, reading, reading. She believes that sometimes we just need someone to meet us where we are; no judgement, no shame. We need them to listen, encourage us to get up, dust off our boots, grab the map (or make one!) and find a solution together! She believes that partisan bickering has to stop if we want to maintain our democracy and create a space for all voices to be heard.
established in 1982
Jessica is a mother of 3 children in central Minnesota who also works full time and apparently runs for political office. She spent her early years in Brainerd and graduated from high school in 2000. In high school, she worked multiple jobs and still had time to participate fully in high school academic and athletic associations. She then was able to attend the College of Saint Benedict thanks to scholarships and federal grants and loans. She describes her six digit student loan debt upon graduation as "Better than it could have been." That debt was paid off in 2013, a full 10 years after graduation. She has two adopted dogs that love to join her and her family on camping and canoeing trips.
Her partner Justin runs his small family owned business in the St. Cloud area, giving Jessica perspective into the challenges of small business owners and the role of tax and regulatory reform into small companies. He is also more libertarian in bend, so Jessica is well versed in having difficult political conversations and still having a good relationship at the end of it.
Jessica has spent her professional career in financial services. She enjoys reading policy and interpreting impact onto different areas of her work and how it all effects her clients. She is trained in anti-money laundering and personal financial advising.
Her career has given her a very unique perspective into the economic issues facing families across central MN. Her history as a foster child as a teenager and her reliance on grants and scholarships to climb out of paycheck to paycheck living give her a balanced and moderate perspective on the cycle of poverty and opportunity inequality...something much needed in St. Paul.