Jess was the founding director and curator of Vivid Ideas: an annual event bringing together local creative practitioners and businesses with global leaders, to support professional development and expand market opportunities for the sector. In late 2016 she completed her work on the ninth year of this iconic event: delivering a program spanning industries from art and architecture to gaming and filmmaking: the Vivid Ideas program now brings together 50,000 participants to explore their roles in the future of the knowledge economy, and has been recognised as the Guardian UK as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.
Jess was one of the curators of TEDxSydney: from 2013 - 2016 she collaborated with a talented team of volunteers to help deliver one of the most sophisticated and influential talks events in the world.
As a public art consultant, Jess was part of the successful team following the City of Sydney’s international architectural competition for Green Square Library and Plaza, delivering permanent public art and temporary projects for this unique new development, which will welcome a huge number of new residents and workers over the next five to ten years.
In 2013 she established sohotrightnow, a weekly arts and culture radio show on 2SER, which she hosted until the end of 2014. Also in 2013, Jess instigated Kids Hack Day Sydney, a project to help young kids build hands-on skills with technology, presented at the Powerhouse Museum.
In 2010 and 2011, Jess served as policy advisor to the NSW Minister of the Arts, helping to bring the creative industries into conversations across government.
From 2007 to 2010, Jess directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), a national mentorship and grant program for emerging artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers.
In 2008 and 2009, she developed and edited Creative Cities East Asia for the British Council, a project to document innovative models for creative cities across the region. She began her career as a journalist and editor, editing arts and culture magazines including Yen, Empty and SummerWinter after studying journalism and law.
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