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Teaching & mentoring


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2014-2015: expert-in-residence at general assembly

In 2014, I joined the General Assembly team as an Expert-in-Residence for a part-time, 12-week User Experience Design course. I served as an on-staff mentor and gave feedback to students on their final projects.

Throughout the course, I quickly became the go-to person for my students' questions and concerns. I'm proud to keep in touch with many of the graduates even nearly two years later!

"I found Jess to be an excellent part of the instructional team - she is very approachable and always has a definitive answer to questions."

– UXD18 Student (2015)


2015-2016: Gen.D Mentor

In 2015, I joined Andreessen-Horowitz's third Gen.D program. Generation Design (Gen.D) is a mentorship program for college design students to be able to connect with designers from leading tech companies. Students can ask mentors about their journey becoming a designer, what they've learned, and overall what it is like to work as a designer in the tech field. Mentors also give portfolio feedback and general advice.

I have also been invited to participate in Gen.D IV in January 2017.

"Jess has been one of the most supportive, positive designers I've ever had as a mentor. Not only is she a seasoned designer, but she also has the attributes that make her an incredible one -- charismatic positivity, resonating empathy, and supportive of all her colleagues and friends. We were matched at the a16z Design Generation Program 3rd cycle, and have been close ever since."

 –Vivian Li, Product Designer


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2016: LEAD INSTRUCTOR at general assembly

In Fall 2016