Jessica’s favorite teachers include her high school visual art instructor, Susan Parker, who taught her hands-on darkroom photography skills and connected her to community projects and resources. Her middle school algebra teacher, Sean Dillon, mixed just the right blend of encouragement, humor, and tough love to push his students to enjoy and understand math.
Jessica Wechter works closely with the president and CEO on the Foundation’s programming and operations, making sure everything runs smoothly across departments and with the board of directors.
She built her multi-tasking skills through her work managing projects at a national philanthropic association, where she also began thinking about the “how” and “why” of an organization’s work. Jessica sees high-quality education as foundational to improving people’s lives. This shared value, along with an interest in working more closely with programs and nonprofit governance, drew her to the Foundation.
A fan of the outdoors, Jessica loves to go hiking and recently trekked along Portugal’s southern coastline, from Lisbon to Sagres. Here in DC, she gets her hiking fix taking her two rescue Labrador retrievers for walks.