Jessie first became aware of Hawthorne Strategy Group via one of the firm’s many professional connections, who introduced her to the idea of working for a tight-knit firm that focuses on building strong relationships with clients in order to achieve effective, long-lasting results. Jessie was immediately sold on the idea and joined Hawthorne in April of 2018 as a Fellow. Excelling quickly, she became a full-time member of the team as an Assistant Account Manager in July 2018. Jessie enjoys honing her media relations, public affairs and community outreach skills amongst a team of experienced professionals.
Prior to joining Hawthorne, Jessie worked as a Lead Media Strategy Intern for Weber Shandwick, where she first learned the building blocks of public relations, developing media lists, writing press releases and pitching members of the media. Before Weber Shandwick, Jessie spent two consecutive summers during college interning at the Chicago Sun-Times Network as a Digital Media Intern, where she wrote original content for online publications.
Jessie graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Sociology.
When she is not hard at work, Jessie enjoys the Chicago food scene, spending time with family and friends, and exploring Chicago’s amazing museums and other attractions—particularly the Shedd Aquarium!