Since eating her first bush foods (marnukitji – juicy little desert blackberries) on Country in the Great Sandy Desert in 2003 Jessica has worked in community development, Indigenous employment, business development, health and reconciliation. Working across the not-for-profit, government and private sectors, Jessica’s main focus is working with Indigenous people and organisations to deliver durable economic and social outcomes.
“I’ve been lucky enough to live in and travel to many communities and witness that on-Country initiatives really work. I’ve also played a role, through my work at the Business Council of Australia in the Indigenous procurement boom. These policies have meant that millions of dollars are now flowing to Indigenous businesses from the public and private sectors. I’ve seen first hand the power of Indigenous enterprise. These programs are extant and powerful levers that are reshaping Aboriginal economic opportunities in Australia. What excites me about The Orana Foundation is bringing Country and enterprise together, and anchoring them in food and food culture.”
Most recently, Jessica established the Business Council of Australia’s (BCA) ‘Business in the Community’ agenda, focused on the role business can play in sustainable economic and social inclusion. She joined the BCA from Reconciliation Australia, where she managed the Indigenous governance program and worked as a senior policy director. Before that Jessica was the community development manager for an Aboriginal organisation in remote WA. She is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre, is on the board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Mathematics Alliance and has a Masters in International Relations from the Australian National University.