Jessica A. Washington was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and is the daughter of Nadine Washington and Anthony Doughty.
Upon graduating from the University of North Alabama in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Jessica left Alabama to explore the world of politics. In 2014, she interned on the campaign of Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan and eventually became the campaign’s Manager of Volunteer Recruitment.
After helping the campaign win the primary, she relocated to Syracuse, New York to work on a Congressional race through the New York State Democratic Committee. Jessica was eventually promoted to their Paid Canvass Director but still made time to remain active in the community. She created and presented an informative forum series, “Who Does What in Government?” at a local community center.
After the 2014 election, she returned to Maryland to assist with State Senator Cheryl Kagan’s legislative session.
In the summer of 2015, Jessica returned to Huntsville, Alabama to help a local commissioner develop a diversion program in an effort to find an alternative to jail for those individuals suffering from mental illnesses and drug-related addictions.
In the fall of 2015, Jessica joined Every Voice Center, a non-profit working to establish public financing systems at the federal, state, and local levels, as their Donor Relations Associate. She later took a leave of absence to work on the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign as a Regional Organizing Director in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Upon her return, Jessica became the Policy and Program Coordinator for Every Voice Center.
Currently, Jessica resides in Washington, D.C. and is the Project Manager at Emerge America. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Prince George’s County Young Democrats.
Throughout her transition into politics, Jessica had the privilege of meeting a number of DYNAMIC women who were making a difference in the political arena and at the grassroots level. Many of these women assisted her in her journey and she was fortunate to have their guidance.
Upon reflection, Jessica began to think about how difficult it must be for other young women who are trying to navigate this system and as a result, Capitol Heel was born. Jessica wishes to highlight other women who work in politics, talk about issues facing women, and provide advice to other women who hope to make their own mark on our political systems.