Since joining Plan International in 2016, Jess has provided technical and policy expertise on climate change and resilience.
She currently leads Plan International’s climate change policy agenda and chairs the internal climate change and resilience network. She works at a global level to support strategic thought leadership on resilience in Plan International’s priority thematic areas, including school safety, and delivers expertise and training in these subjects.
Jessica represents Plan International at global conferences including COP climate change and Global Platform for DRR, in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework, respectively, and in the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES).
She started her career in Asia, working at local and regional levels on school safety, resilience, disaster response and climate change in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal, following her MA in Disasters, Adaptation and Development (King’s College London). Throughout her studies and career, children’s rights have been at the forefront of her work; Jess strongly believes in working both for and with children on resilience and climate change.
She is excited to continue supporting children’s and youth’s amazing climate action, driving policy change and highlighting the instrumental role young people can play in global issues.