Jessica Hickok was appointed grants manager in March 2010. She helps manage the Foundation’s grantmaking policies and procedures, as well as administering the Salesforce-based grantmaking platform, FoundationConnect. Jessica is the regional chair of the Grants Managers Network, a national organization that works to improve grantmaking by advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of grants management professionals to adopt effective practices. Prior to joining Irvine, Jessica was with the Koret Foundation for six years as a program assistant, program associate and grants manager. During her time as a program assistant and associate, she focused on K-12 education reform. As the grants manager, she oversaw all aspects of grants administration. Previously, Jessica has been a Princeton-in-Africa Fellow at the Mpala Wildlife Foundation in Kenya, and a development associate at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Jessica was a member of the Leadership San Francisco class of 2013, and was a 2008 member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute. Currently she serves as finance officer for the Flaming Lotus Girls, a collaborative, female-driven metal and fire arts group, and is on the board of The Brooklyn Quarterly, a nonprofit literary endeavor. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jessica graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature.