VP of Rural Broadband Strategy
Jessica joins Magellan after serving in various senior leadership roles throughout federal government and non-profit sectors for over 20 years. Jessica is responsible for leading the development of Magellan’s rural broadband business with rural utilities, coops, tribes and regional organizations. She brings a broad range of federal, state and local experience supporting infrastructure and funding needs of these organizations and will be a key resource for any organization looking to develop or expand broadband access in rural America.
Prior to her tenure at USAC, Jessica served as the Deputy Administrator for the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she helped oversee a $65 billion federal loan and grant portfolio that finances telecommunications and broadband networks, smart grid and electric systems, water treatment systems, precision agriculture and renewable energy projects in rural and tribal communities. During her tenure at the USDA, Jessica also served on a detail assignment to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), as the Director of Infrastructure and Business Strategy and as the Director of Federal Grants Strategy and Coordination.
Jessica holds an MBA with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in military history and political science from the University of Colorado in Boulder.