“It has been an honor to serve the people of Olympia for the last three years. During that time, I’ve worked to fulfill my promise to address housing and homelessness, maintain our public green spaces, and ensure we have safe and walkable neighborhoods for all Olympians to enjoy.” - Jessica

During her first term, Jessica:

  • Co-chaired and led the Home Fund, a campaign to provide safe housing and essential services for our most vulnerable homeless community members. Working with nonprofits, businesses, and local agencies, Jessica built a winning coalition to solve one of our city’s most urgent challenges.
  • Sponsored & passed a resolution to make Olympia a “sanctuary city,” ensuring that all community members are safe & welcome, and receive City services regardless of their immigration status. 
  • Named Association of WA Cities 2018 Advocacy All-Star
  • Successfully advocated to make the Clean Team and Downtown Ambassadors a permanent, city-managed asset for downtown residents, businesses, and shoppers.
  • Testified to the state legislature for increased funding for cities to address homelessness. (Click Here to hear her testimony)
  • Supported the partnership with the Providence Community Care Center.                                                                            
  • Worked to create safe camping with storage & hygiene services.
  • Supported expanding 24/7 access to shelter for youth and adults. 
  • Supported the investment of $400,000 in CDBG funds to the Family   Support Center to create affordable housing & support services for families.
  • Supported contracting with LIHI to manage a 40-person tiny house village with case management services.
  • Supported hiring the City's first Homelessness Coordinator.
  • Voted to support passing a resolution making all city restrooms gender-neutral.
  • Voted to support adopting ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
  • City updated zoning changes to achieve density goals of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Supported the expansion of the downtown walking patrol.
  • Supported establishing police neighborhood liaisons to build relationships with the community they serve.                         
  • Supported creating the mobile mental health outreach unit.
  • Supported expanding the Olympia Community Court to divert individuals out of the criminal justice system.
  • Voted to support the acquisition of Fertile Grounds, LBA Woods, and the Zahn property for future recreational use.