About Me

Hello, I'm Jessica! I am an experienced journalist with a demonstrated history of writing, editing and communication strategy. I am a skilled professional with 5+ years working on social media strategy, marketing, and copy editing.

I was born and raised in southeast Michigan. I love living in the great mitten state! Better known to my friends as just Jess, outside of work you can usually find me reading or hanging outside. I'm an avid outdoors woman and I love hiking, boating, biking and swimming. After living in Washington, DC, for almost two years, my husband and I decided it was time to come back home to Michigan. We live happily with our furry four-legged child Luna as we continue to embrace all of Michigan's beauty! 


Work Experience

World Trade Center Washington, DC

Office Coordinator  |  June 2018 - Oct. 2019

• Provided logistical and administrative support in planning, executing and managing special events and programs dedicated to promoting trade and cultural diplomacy
• Developed monthly analytical and statistical reports for the United States General Service Administration about the department’s events and database growth
• Wrote and laid out a bi-weekly e-newsletter sent to over 25,000 clients in order to drive attendance to sponsored events

• Oversaw all writing, editing and publishing aspects for new and existing publications including the Capital Trade Guide, our quarterly magazine TradeWinds and other essential marketing projects

• Organized social media campaigns, developed digital content, created branding guidelines, and assisted with developing graphics and photography in collaboration with the marketing department

• Monitored all external communications from our office before being published, including our social media posts, press releases, speeches for the director, e-newsletters and various publications

Grand Valley Lanthorn

 Associate Editor  |  Sept. 2014 - May 2017

• Edited and revised a total of 50 articles every week from each section of the newspaper which included news, sports, student life, arts & entertainment and op-ed

• Managed a diverse team of editors, writers, photographers and designers to develop original, compelling content that stayed on brand, met editorial standards and engaged the readers

• Worked side-by-side with the editor-in-chief to guarantee the newspaper was of the highest quality regarding article content and coverage, photo quality and social media presence

• Attended high profile events on and around campus including presidential campaign rallies, protests and marches

• Identified newsworthy stories, events and ideas for campus community’s knowledge

• Directed and managed the production process from article selection and story placement, to photo editing and headline options

Grand Rapids Magazine

Intern  |  Jan. 2017 - May 2017

• Pitched and wrote a variety of articles for the magazine, covering an array of topics ranging from food, city-wide events and lifestyle trends

• Performed in-depth research about city statistics covering political leanings, crime rates, housing density, property tax rates and other various categories

• Worked with all departments to put together a collaborative feature article about metro Grand Rapids community rankings 

• Reviewed and edited original content alongside my supervisor to ensure style, tone, and content were accurate



Grand Valley State University

2013 - 2017

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Minor in Creative Writing

Took a variety of courses in News Reporting, Concepts of Communication, News and Graphics Editing, Advanced Editing, Advanced Creative Nonfiction, Communication Theory and Research, and Magazine Writing.