Jess is an experienced creative producer, broadcaster and arts manager.
From 2011-2016, she worked as a project manager for Multicultural Arts Victoria, overseeing a number of large scale events, workshops, mentoring and creative development programs.
Up until January 2020, Jess co-presented and produced All Our Stories on PBS 106.7FM. The program aimed to shine a light on local stories and featured poets, writers, musicians and passionate minds who felt mis or under-represented in mainstream media. In the nearly 9 years broadcasting Jess interviewed over 800 guests, including musicians, visual artists, poets, academics, historians, activists, community leaders and curators.
Since 2016 she has worked as a freelance audio producer, creating podcasts and radio documentaries for the ABC, Monash University, Arts Centre Melbourne and Climactic. She has also collaborated with The Little Theatre Company to produce Cafe Philosophique, a series that brought together poetry and music to ask the big questions about the things we often take for granted in our lives. The series ran over three seasons at The Alex Theatre and Hotel Esplanade, in St Kilda from 2017-2019 and was funded by the City of Port Phillip.
Jess is also an experienced grant writer, securing funding from local, state and federal government to execute events, music and video productions and community engagement programs. In 2017 she was an advisory panel assessor for the Creative Victoria VicArts grants.
Jess is currently completing a Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne, researching environmental education, urban greening and agriculture, participatory planning and nutrient cycles.