My partner Matthew and I moved to Dedham 22 years ago. We chose Dedham as the place to put down roots and raise our children Emma, age 24, and Jackson, age 21. Over the past two decades we’ve invested our time and energy into building relationships with our neighbors and supporting all of the wonderful community groups that make this town so special. We chose Dedham, and we love Dedham.
Part of what drew me to get involved in town government was the location of our house. If you stand at Papa Gino’s and look across the Highway, you’ll see our house. This means we have a very personal experience of how development in town impacts our neighborhoods and how important a project’s design, size, and traffic circulation are for surrounding areas.
Living next to the highway, I'd seen firsthand how helpful our Town boards can be in protecting the quality of life for our neighborhood, and I wanted to help play that role for other neighborhoods. I served as an associate member on the Zoning Board of Appeals for seven years before being elected to the Planning Board in 2018.
Serving on the Planning Board for the past five years has been a pleasure. I have learned so much from the professionals we work with, my fellow board members, and most of all the community. I am proud of the impact I have had, and there’s still more to do! I humbly ask for your vote on or before Saturday, April 8th, so I can continue to bring my perspective and commitment to Dedham's Planning Board.
Jessica has a strong track record promoting thoughtful, sustainable
planning and civic engagement in Dedham
Personal and Professional Experience:
- Has lived in Dedham for 22 years with partner Matthew McGuire, raising Emma (24) and Jackson (21)
- Leadership Consultant and Coach to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and women leaders
- Writer, including co-author of Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins into Big Change
- Simmons School of Management, MBA (2005)
- Clark University, BA (1992)
- Member of the Democratic Town Committee
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