Jessica Leacher is a program associate with the College Excellence Program, where she supports initiatives focused on leadership development and equity in higher education. Prior to joining Aspen, Jessica worked at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where she supported state education agencies’ efforts to attract, support, and retain effective educators in K-12 schools. Jessica has also served as a college adviser through the College Advising Corps and AmeriCorps to support underserved populations and first-generation college students in navigating the college-going process. Jessica holds a B.A. in social relations and policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University.