Jessica Champness

Vice President, Development

Pronouns: She/Her

Prior to joining the Per Scholas team, Jessica was Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for Step Up, a nonprofit organization that runs mentoring programs for high-school-aged girls living or going to school in under-resourced communities.  As the first head of fundraising for the organization, Jessica was responsible for the strategy and execution of all fundraising activities and served on the leadership team.  She is an accomplished mission-driven professional with more than 15 years of experience driving effective philanthropy for the nonprofit sector. Her efforts have focused on organizations working in the education, social justice and environmental spaces. She got her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, spends weekends at the beach in Sea Bright, NJ or hiking, and is an avid yogi.


Unlocking Potential
Changing the Face of Tech


Per Scholas is proud to announce that we are winners of the 2023 Kristof Holiday Impact Prize, and we have been selected as a beneficiary of The New York Times Communities Fund. Contributions from these campaigns will fuel Per Scholas’ Career Access Fund, providing thousands of diverse learners in 2024 with everything they need to unlock their potential through tuition-free tech training.

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