Jess was first elected to Council in 2016 and is one of the youngest people to hold elected office at the City of Sydney. Jess is currently deputy chair of the Environment Committee and the Cycling Advisory Committee and a member of the Cooks River Alliance Board, Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and Sydney Coastal Councils Group.
Jess is also passionate about supporting Sydney's night time economy and the artists, musicians, small bar owners and venues that underpin it.
Jess is the program director at leading brand, sustainability and innovation company, Republic of Everyone. In her role she designs and leads collective impact programs, namely the 202020 Vision — an ambitious national program that works collaboratively to increase and improve urban green space by 20 per cent by 2020.
Jess is known for her creative and inclusive approaches to sustainability, strategy and innovation. Jess co-founded, GreenUps Sustainability Drinks, Grow it Local and the Elizabeth Street Gallery. She has worked on the Garage Sale Trail, Tweed Ride, and Grow Show — which featured an enormous veggie patch and education programs outside of Melbourne Town Hall.
For the last three years, Jess has curated the food program for TEDxSydney where she introduced 'Crowd-farming', 'Rebel Food' and 'Love Food'. Jess is passionate about the power of food to bring people together and celebrating local producers, and Sydney's food and drink, and was the curator of the General Thinking on the Streets of Barangaroo event series.
Jess sits on the Environment Panel for the Greater Sydney Commission, is a Weleda Biodiversity Ambassador, sits on the Parent Advisory Group of The Parenthood and was voted the Sydney Electorate's Woman of the Year in 2014. She was voted as a Reformer in the Sydney Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in 2012.
Her work has earned an Industry Innovation Award from the Property Council for the 202020 Vision, Good Design Award for Social Innovation, Australian Event Award for Best Achievement in Catering for TEDxSydney and Grow it Local Collaboration.