Jessica became the Executive Director of Riverland Conservancy in November 2017. Before joining Riverland, she worked for Wisconsin DNR, where she spent 7 years leading a crew engaged in restoration activities on State Natural Areas in southern Wisconsin. Prior to that, Jessica worked for Wisconsin DNR out of Menomonie, WI and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa out of Rochester, MN and Ames, IA. Jessica has a strong background in land management and ecological restoration and a passion for land protection. She grew up along the Mississippi River in Lansing, IA and received a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Iowa. She has truly enjoyed getting to know and take care of Riverland Conservancy’s beautiful preserves.
Jessica lives in Madison, WI with her husband Nate and son Forest. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, canoeing, and camping, spending time with family and friends, live music, good food, and travel.