Why I work with HCM

I believe education affords opportunity and breaks down societal barriers. I’m inspired and encouraged by my colleagues and clients who are committed to improving access and equity by challenging the status quo.

Jessica Collis

Program Director, Advocacy and Change Management

Jessica is committed to empowering individuals to overcome obstacles created by poverty, social disenfranchisement and the consequences of misguided policies. As part of our postsecondary team, Jessica brings that passion to her work, where she serves as program director for advocacy and change management. She is the project manager for several of HCM’s education clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation’s Strategy Labs. She prides herself in HCM’s work to craft and promote good policy and draws from a diverse personal and professional background in her furtherance of HCM’s mission.

A Chicago native, Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations at Beloit College, and credits the intimate learning environment of a liberal arts college with helping her to excel in a variety of educational pursuits. While in school, she worked for Beloit’s office of admissions, where she guided countless students and their parents through the enrollment process and gained a keen understanding for the impact of financial aid policies on students’ ability to pursue post-secondary education. Jessica also holds a certificate in project management from Georgetown University.

Jessica currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she can be found exploring the city and feeding her inner foodie through the pursuit of the perfect brunch destination.



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