Jessie is the Planning Coordinator at KDI’s Los Angeles office. Jessie is dedicated to using her business, research and planning training to advance community-based solutions to intractable problems. Jessie leads a number of planning projects and provides leadership and program support to community groups at our Productive Public Spaces. She has been instrumental in setting up several economic initiatives in both Kenya and the US. While working towards her master’s degree, Jessie used quantitative and qualitative analyses to investigate the complexities of climate adaptation and resilience in areas vulnerable to sea level rise and other impacts from climate change, and the effects on communities that live there. She also researched the nexus of food subsidies and health, namely how the discontinuation of federal food subsidy programs can be linked to negative community health outcomes related to spikes in water-borne disease outbreaks. Jessie holds a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.