Jessica Sutter has loved school since the first day she attended — when her parents dropped her off at her community pre-school in Yonkers, NY. After spending her formative years in public schools in New York and Maryland, she graduated from Loyola College in Maryland in 1999, where she received a Bachelors in Political Science. Immediately after college, she completed two years of post-college service teaching in a Chicago Catholic school before teaching in public middle schools in East Los Angeles and Southeast Washington, DC.
After seven years of teaching, Jessica began a doctoral program in Education Policy Studies at the University of Maryland while working full time in a variety of education policy roles. In 2010, Jessica served as a grant program officer at Washington DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and made innovation grants to DC public charter schools and education-oriented non-profits. She then served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Education, working on expanding early childhood education programs and increasing the supply of quality schools in the District. In 2012, Jessica founded EdPro Consulting through which she manages projects and authors research for a variety of national organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Reinventing Public Education.
Jessica recently defended her dissertation on charter school closures and restarts and earned her PhD in education policy in May 2018.
When not working with clients she can be found walking her dog in Lincoln Park, spoiling her niece and nephew, or swimming, biking, and running her way around Washington, DC. She plans to complete her first Ironman in July 2018.