Jessica Mele is a consultant and will be supporting CCI's research and advocacy arm of work, currently known as Sol Center for Liberated Work (soon to be renamed). Her work will involve supporting CCI staff in staying updated on policymaking aligned with Sol Center's priorities and representing CCI at partner advocacy coalitions. Jessica’s work will also involve building some institutional capacity around policy tracking in preparation for Sol Center's new program director, who will be hired by late 2023.Jessica Mele is Principal at Jessica Mele Creative, where she combines her storytelling, teaching and philanthropic consulting practices. Prior to that, she was a Program Officer in Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she managed a diverse portfolio of grants, including the grant for Sol Center. Jessica holds a B.A. from Smith College and M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jessica co-created and led the Storytelling Fellowship for Funders of Color at EdFunders in 2022 and 2023. She is also a writer, performer, and sketch comedian. Her solo show about motherhood, “Eat the Mama,” had its world premiere in September in San Francisco and was a “Critic’s Pick” in the San Francisco Chronicle.