Jess spent 20 years in private equity as a direct investor in technology companies. She worked for Advent International, Capital Resource Partners, Audax Group and Harvard Management Company. She also managed a fund for BNY Mellon for 4 years, where she was the Director of Hedge Fund Strategies. She was most recently the head of strategy at the eCommerce company, Invaluable, where her role entailed identifying revenue opportunities that mapped to the core technology and operational capabilities of that business.
As Director of Strategy of the OpenScholar project at Harvard, Jess was instrumental in lifting the project out of Harvard and convincing the founding team to join her in privatizing OpenScholar as an LLC, a first in Harvard's 375 year history.
Jess has a BA from Colby College, an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and a post-bacc degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. In her spare time she runs, reads, practices yoga, plays racquet sports and is on the board of overseers of the Peabody Essex Museum.