is Rise’s West Pennsylvania Deputy State Director and a first-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs pursuing a Master’s in Public and International Affairs with concentrations in Security and Intelligence Studies / Policy Research and Analysis. He is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in Political Science and Economics. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, his experiential learning opportunities revolved around community and economic development, political campaigns, and policy research. Jess believes that engaging our youth and education is a powerful way to shape civic engagement now and for the future.