Jessica grew up in the small conservative suburb of Glendora, California as a quadruplet, with three brothers. Throughout her younger years, Jessica was raised in the Christian faith and regularly attended church with her family. Jessica realized she was a lesbian in middle school, and immediately felt ashamed of her identity. Her faith and sexual orientation seemed irreconcilable. After several years of grappling with her identity, her involvement within her school’s GSA helped her move from a place of shame to pride. Undeterred by the bigotry of some classmates and church members, Jessica made it her life’s goal to help others live their own truth. From 2018 to 2020, Jessica served as a two-year member of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s National Student Council, where she worked with the national non-profit to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying of LGBTQ+ students in K-12 schools. Jessica is now attending Dartmouth College where she hopes to create a dedicated Queer Resource Center and major in history and government. She serves as a Student Assembly Senator and Mental Health Committee chair, staff writer for the Dartmouth Political Times, president of Dartmouth’s LGBTQ+ organization called Within, and an ambassador for the Dartmouth Political Union. She also is an active member of the Dartmouth Outing Club. After Dartmouth, Jessica plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, attend law school, and pursue a career in constitutional litigation.