Jess joined the Adirondack Theatre Festival staff as Managing Director in December 2017. She moved from Bloomington, Indiana where she worked as the Managing Director of Bloomington Playwrights Project – the only professional theatre in Indiana dedicated to solely new works – for six years. Jess holds an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a BA in Art History from Indiana University’s School of Fine Arts. She is a member of the founding team as well as the Managing Director and Event Director of the Adirondack Film Festival. Jess has several years of Nonprofit Arts Management experience. She served as the Director of Administration for Middle Coast Film Festival in Bloomington, IN for 4 years. She was a member of the Board of Directors of several Bloomington-based organizations, including the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Downtown Bloomington, Inc. and Humanetrix, Inc. In 2011, she was named one of the 10 Under 40 by The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.