Jessica Crawford is the Director of External Affairs for America Forward, where she works closely with members of the America Forward Coalition and plays a leading role communicating the work and policy priorities of America Forward's social innovators to national policy leaders, thought leaders, and broad network.
Before joining the America Forward team nearly six years ago, Jessica served as a Director of Government Relations at a Federal Government affairs firm, where she worked on behalf of clients in the areas of education, workforce, financial service, healthcare, and transportation. Jessica also spent nearly a decade working in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served as a Legislative Assistant and Staff Liaison to the House Education and the Workforce Committee for Rep. Michael N. Castle, on education and workforce matters before the House Committee and worked for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce under the leadership of former Speaker of the House, John Boehner and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. Jessica assisted with matters before the Committee, including the reauthorization of the Head Start Act, the Child Nutrition Act, and the Higher Education Act, as well as efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Jessica also served as the Legislative Correspondent to Rep. Jim Greenwood.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University and her Master of Arts in communications from Johns Hopkins University. Jessica currently lives in Norfolk, VA and is a proud military spouse and mom to two beautiful little girls.