Jessica Grounds

Jessica N. Grounds has devoted her life to empowering women to become leaders in public life. She has founded and led multiple organizations to advance women in leadership, including Mine the Gap, which equips leaders, industries, and organizations with strategy and tools to create and sustain gender-inclusive work environments. Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Jessica served as the Director of Women Ready for Hillary, the grassroots organization that built early support for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. Before Ready for Hillary, she was the Executive Director of Running Start, an organization in which she Co-Founded in 2007 that trains and inspires young women to run for elected office. Jessica has extensive experience internationally working with the U.S. Department of State, ONE Campaign, and numerous international NGOs. She completed a graduate program in Women, Policy and Political Leadership at the Women & Politics Institute at American University, and holds a Master’s in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She has published cutting edge research on gender differences in leadership style within Congress, and has completed research on new trends in campaign messaging for women candidates. Jessica and her work have been profiled in numerous publications including Roll Call, The Hill, NPR, ELLE, Mercury Times, Glamour, National Journal, Washington Post, Politico, Georgetown Business Magazine, Marie Claire, Spike the Watercooler, The Muse, Sage publications, and Forbes. This year, Jessica was named a “40 Under 40” recipient by the American Association of Political Consultants. Jessica grew up in San Diego, California, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pepperdine University. She has lived in Washington, DC since 2003.