Jessie graduated magna cum laude from Regis University and earned an MA in political science from the University of Colorado Denver. She moved back to her hometown of Hannibal, MO in 2012 and has spent the last 7 years conducting ethnography on poverty in rural Missouri. As an independent researcher using peace as the objective and sustainable-green methodology as the practice, Jessie applies research to design community-based programs that encourage grassroots, systemic changes in rural areas to offset the cost-burden of living. She looks forward to making sustainable communities intentional and making Missouri green again, stream by stream. Jessie finds joy in life planting seeds barefoot, rolling around in the Mississippi mud, making sculptures out of river trash, herding kittens and other creatures, and solving social problems.