Jessica García-Kohl is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for LRNG. She identifies and prepares cities, schools, employers, and other youth-serving organizations to become successful LRNG ecosystem partners. She also works with local employers to build a local, diverse, and qualified workforce. Core to her work with LRNG is an appreciation that the learning occurring in informal settings can be as impactful as the learning occurring in traditional academic environments in shaping the trajectory for youth.
A lifetime advocate for youth and underserved communities, Jessica’s work – both in the nonprofit and public sectors – has focused on addressing inequity and strengthening communities. For two decades Jessica has worked to address opportunity gaps adversely impacting low-income children, youth, and families. Her roles included non-profit executive positions in the education and affordable housing realms. She’s additionally served as senior policy aide and chief of staff to the City of San José’s mayor and District 3 councilmember, respectively – advising them on issues of economic development, land use, and community affairs.