was appointed Program Associate for the California Democracy program in October 2010. Prior to joining Irvine, Jessica was an Associate at Korwin Consulting, an independent evaluation firm based in Oakland, Calif., where she led the evaluation of various programs related to foster youth development, women’s empowerment, and policy advocacy efforts in California and nationwide. Prior to that, Jessica spent five years in fundraising and development for a range of nonprofit organizations domestically and abroad. Most recently, she served as the Senior Resource Development Officer at the Asia Foundation, working to support governance and economic reform initiatives in Asia. Before that, Jessica was the Development Associate at Opportunity Fund, a microfinance organization located in San Jose, Calif., and a former Irvine grantee. In addition, Jessica has worked on international development and fundraising for nonprofits in Mexico, South America and China. Jessica is a native of San Francisco and speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, and conversational Japanese and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in sustainable international development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Jessica completed her undergraduate studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in global economics relations and Japanese.