Jessica is a writer, editor, journalist, urbanist and community engager. Following a career in journalism which included seven years as features/deputy editor of Time Out London and authoring numerous books, she recently undertook an MSc in Urban Studies at UCL. Her research included a joint report into local involvement with Opportunity Area planning, and an independent dissertation on place, identity and regeneration strategies around London's Old Kent Road. Since 2016 she has been running community engagement events around the Old Kent Road, and fundraising to establish an 'urban room' as a permanent hub for the public to interact with planning.

Jessica has joined Waltham Forest's Planning Policy Team as Community Engagement Officer. Her role involves engaging with local residents and other stakeholders to develop an effective communication and engagement strategy for the Local Plan and an issues and options version of a strategic site allocations document. Her role centres on building a strong relationship with stakeholders and acting as a bridge between the Council and the community.