Jess is a long-time member of the American Institute of Architects. She won the organization’s national “Associate Member of the Year” Award in 2006, travelled to Southwest China as a part of an AIA Housing Delegation in 2014, and has served in leadership of the Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community since 2014.


Jess has been a member of the American Planning Association (APA) since 2000, and has been certified by the affiliated American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2007. She also serves on the organization’s national Social Equity Task Force.


Jess has taught in the Urban and Regional Planning program at Georgetown University since 2014. She teaches planning studio, ethics, and seminars about urban redevelopment and creative cities.