Analyst, Operations & Partnerships
“Maya Angelou said: ‘We’re more alike, my friend, than we are unalike.’ Travel is an instrument that catalyzes us to observe that the world is smaller than it may seem. It both literally and figuratively brings people closer together and helps us rediscover what makes us human.”
As the Analyst on our Operations & Partnerships team, Jess works alongside JetBlue and JetBlue Ventures’ (JBV) to implement innovative startup solutions that meet strategic business needs. Jess grew up in the hospitality industry and has lived in Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Previously, she has been both a founder and operator at startups, venture capital funds, and nonprofits. Most recently, she led Vizn Ventures, one of the 776 Titan Funds investing in the creator economy, femtech, and sustainability verticals. Jess earned her Master’s in Business Analytics and BBA in Finance (Summa Cum Laude) from Hult International Business School in Boston.
Favorite travel memory: “When I was 15, I helped found the Vietnam Service Learning Club. For one of our projects, we visited Pleiku in central Vietnam. When we arrived there, we were very confused as to why kids were running up to us to see and take pictures of our group. Unbeknownst to us, Pleiku barely had any foreign visitors since the Vietnam War. The city felt secluded and stuck-in-time, in the best way possible. It was a very bizarre and beautiful experience where we got to work alongside schools, orphanages, and temples firsthand. It’s still, to this day, one of the most unique places I’ve been to, and I like to think we had a positive impact.”
JetBlue destination he’d like to visit next: Guayaquil, Ecuador