Jessica Reid SliwerskiNational Field Leader, English Language Arts & Literacy
Jessica is a passionate literacy advocate. She joins Open Up Resources after leading education-focused strategies for Noodle Markets, providing educator voice and insight to innovative procurement products and services. Prior to this, she was Co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at LightSail Education. Jessica’s background spans education and technology, having started her career as a Teach For America teacher in the Bronx, NY, before becoming an Instructional Designer for Wireless Generation. Jessica was a founding teacher, then an Assistant Principal, at Success Academy Charter Schools. Wanting to bring instructional best practices from the charter world to district schools, she became a network Literacy Specialist at The Urban Assembly, a New York City-based nonprofit organization overseeing more than 10,000 students in secondary schools. Jessica’s work in K–12 education was profiled in The Wall Street Journal and Steven Brill’s book Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools. Jessica participated in the documentary film The Lottery. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s in Education from Pace University. Jessica enjoys writing—Penguin will soon publish her children’s book Cancer Hates Kisses—yoga, mentoring young women, traveling with her husband, and reading to her daughter.