Joined Northwest Area Foundation: April 2004
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Jessie provides logistical and administrative support for the Foundation’s program director, communications director, and program committee. She began her work in the philanthropic sector as a receptionist for seven years at the Jerome Foundation before joining the Northwest Area Foundation.
With more than 20 years of administrative experience in the nonprofit sector, Jessie handles everything from arranging meetings, convenings, and travel logistics to gathering and tracking information from non-grantee organizations doing good work in the Foundation’s region. She has a creative flair for her job and strives to make her colleagues laugh at least once a day.
Since joining the Foundation, Jessie has found a new passion for enjoying life through the eyes of her toddler, Thaddeus Jay.
In addition, during her sabbatical in April-May 2018, she rediscovered her love of drawing. Her muse is Mimosa, her Manx cat (a breed with shorter to no tails) that is a polydactyl (having more than the usual number of digits on its paws). Ironically, polydactyl cats are also known as Hemingway cats, after famed writer Ernest Hemingway who had a fantastic obsession for polydactyl cats; his estate in Key West, FL, remains home to a thriving polydactyl cat colony. Jessie is incorporating her drawings into a children’s book about a tailless cat with extra toes. Maybe you’ll see it on Amazon.com some day!