Jessica's family. Photo by Ausra Montvydaite

Jessica, her husband, Alex, their two children, and Victor, their one-eyed wonder dog, rescued through Orphans of the Storm.

"I serve on the Lake County Board to be an advocate for you, your family, and the beautiful place we call home."

 A bit about me:

I have served on the Lake County Board & Forest Preserve District Board since 2018. I am a mother, author, and co-founder of a healthcare startup company. I grew up a half hour away from where I now live in Hawthorn Woods, the middle child of an accountant and at-home mom who earned her college and graduate degrees while raising us.

I went to Lake Forest College on a partial scholarship and work-study program, then earned a graduate degree in creative writing while waitressing and also reporting for the Journal & Topics newspapers, where I covered school board and city council meetings across the suburbs.  My life-long interest in government led to meaningful work as an aide in the Minnesota Senate, communications director for a gubernatorial candidate, and, recently, as an organizer of a nonpartisan, grassroots group that promotes civic participation.

In 2014, I was diagnosed with a high genetic risk for cancer and underwent preventive surgeries. Two years later, to help people like me with their care coordination, my husband and I co-founded a startup venture called MyPeople Health.

I hope to earn your support. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Thanks for being here.



Memberships and affiliations:

  • Conserve Lake County / Openlands

  • Nature Conservancy

  • Sierra Club--Woods & Wetlands Chapter

  • Ela Township Historical Society

  • Ancient Oaks Foundation

  • Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

  • Caring Women's Connection



General Election: November 6, 2018