As a big picture thinker, Jesse operates at the intersection of design thinking and public policy. As a Senior Projects Officer at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), she is responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of projects that test new models for supporting and scaling policy innovation. To do this, Jesse works with partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors to discover emerging opportunities, navigate ambiguity and turn ideas into action.
Jesse has a wealth of experience managing dynamic projects that transcend across urban policy, social innovation and system-change approaches. Before joining BII+E, Jesse worked at Evergreen CityWorks, the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she focused on bringing together diverse points of view to bridge the distance between citizens and public policy.
Jesse is interested in the role that infrastructure can play as a lever of social mobility and economic growth. She is fascinated by the interconnectivity of urban systems and the role they play in accelerating change. She is passionate about finding the next ‘game-changing’ idea and helping to create the conditions that will enable it to flourish.
Jesse has a Business Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture at University College London.