Founder & President
Jessica founded Little Dog Communications to work with the “little dogs” — companies and organizations, both small and big, that are at the leading edge of innovation. These groups are developing tomorrow’s medicines and re-imagining the future of healthcare through research, drug discovery and new technologies. With biotech, healthcare and non-profit organizations, she creates thought leadership and strategic communications programs to support business goals.
Communications is essential to business. Biotech and healthcare communications have an added layer of complexity due to the science. Jessica merges a biomedical research background with communications EQ to find the best way to convey new science and technologies to all audiences and stakeholders.
Jessica previously was Director of Corporate Communications at Fate Therapeutics, where she built and executed a complete corporate communications plan that established Fate as a pioneering company in stem cell medicines and led to numerous company awards and recognitions. Previous to Fate, Jessica worked at The Scripps Research Institute and Porter Novelli Life Sciences and taught at Southwestern Community College.
Her volunteer work includes serving as PR Chair, Co-chair and Marketing Chair of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational. She founded Survivor Beach, an annual event that celebrates and supports cancer survivors and raises money for cancer research.
Jessica received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from University of California, San Diego, where she received a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship. She is author in multiple research papers and review articles. She earned a B.S. with honors in biochemistry and art history from the University of Arizona, where she received a number of scholarships and awards.