Jess manages EYA’s rewilding and urban biodiversity initiatives. Jess spent her early years surrounded by curious and knowledgeable mentors and teachers who were instrumental in grounding her sense of self in the natural world. Hard-pressed to keep herself inside any building for very long, she has a pursued a wide-range of careers allowing her to keep her feet on the literal ground: organic farmer, outdoor educator, landscape designer, specialty cut flower grower, to name a few. Recognizing the inspiration and impact of passionate teachers in her life, Jess feels compelled to complete the circle by helping to inspire and connect people to the natural world around them. She attended the Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Media Arts and a degree in, of all things, Animation.