Jess grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but calls Raleigh, NC her home now. She spent her childhood summers away at dinghy sailing camp on the Chesapeake and racing up in Hyannis. She earned a Bachelors in Political Science- International Relations with minors in Spanish and Journalism, as well as a Masters in Public Health- Environmental and a Certificate in Emergency Management in Medicine. After graduate school, Jess spent the first few years of her sailing career living and working onboard tall ships, leading medical programs in Central America and India, and working as the Kids Program Director at the Bitter End Yacht Club. Fast forward to 2020 and Jess has nearly 10 years in the maritime industry from small boats to super yachts! She is stoked to be part of the Sea|mester team and to have the opportunity to share her passion for building community, and experiencing new cultures with her crew.