Jessica is an activist, writer and passionate advocate for intersectional feminism and equal rights for transgender and gender diverse people. In 2017, she wrote He/She/They - Us: Essential information, vocabulary, and concepts to help you become a better ally to the transgender and gender diverse people in your life. She speaks publicly on women’s empowerment, transgender rights and educates on LGBTQIA Allyship.
She serves Vice Board Chair of the board of Transgender Education Network of Texas, is CoChair of GLSEN Austin, is on the board of QWELL Community Foundation, and serves on the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition.
For 12 years at Texas State University, she has worked as a system’s analyst for the Division of Student Affairs. She co-facilitates workshops for Professional Development including “Supporting Transgender people in higher education” and “LGBTQIA Allies Training.”
Jessica is a storyteller. She embraces the power of stories to build understanding by being vulnerable as she shares the experiences that have come to define her world as a queer, non-binary, femme, transgender woman. She believes the window provided by understanding and empathy has the potential to unlock love and affirmation and take the wind out of fear and misinformation based attacks on the queer and trans community.
She is proud of her two grown children and shares her life with her girlfriend Liz Vernholm and celebrates life with found family that loves and supports her in good times and bad.