Jessica Pizarek

Director, Federal Policy and Advocacy

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Jessica Pizarek, Director of Federal Policy and Advocacy, provides technical assistance, policy and data analysis, and results-oriented facilitative support for coalitions organizing to advance equitable policy and systems change. Since joining PolicyLink in 2013, she has had the opportunity to work deeply with and learn alongside Promise Neighborhood communities and other locally-led coalitions organizing around common goals for advancing more equitable outcomes for kids and families. With ongoing partnership and co-learning, these collaborations have helped to evolve and expand capacity-building supports for intermediaries, have stretched use of data for strategy and narrative change, and have advanced policy change at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining the PolicyLink family, Jess worked with Step Up Savannah, where she supported the planning of a multi-sector cradle-to-career collaborative and contributed to the development of city - and state-level policy agendas for the organization. She holds a master’s degree in Education Policy & Social Analysis with an emphasis in Leadership, Policy, and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University. When her out-of-office message is on, you can most likely find her and her pup, Clara, at the beach or hiking around the Bay Area.