Jess joined NEA in 2018 as an investor focused on both enterprise and consumer technology companies. Prior to joining NEA, Jess spent two years at Morgan Stanley in their Global Technology Group in Menlo Park, covering companies across enterprise software, infrastructure, and consumer internet. At Morgan Stanley, Jess worked on various IPOs, financings, and M&A transactions for companies including Uber, Pivotal Software, Smartsheet, AppDynamics, FireEye, Aquantia, and Lulus, among others. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jess spent time at Greylock Partners, Uber, and Euclid Analytics.
Jess graduated from UC Berkeley, where she earned dual degrees in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business and Social Welfare. During her academic career, she conducted research around enterprise innovation and workforce impact for Stanford University under Timothy Bresnahan and also conducted research around crowdfunding for MIT under Christian Catalini.
Jess is passionate about social impact and serves on the Youth Working Group to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Department of State, and the Youth Advisory Board of Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation. She has also been involved with the Wellness Steering Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (in the U.S. Department of Health), and on youth Advisory Boards for the Crisis Text Line, UNICEF’s Chinese Children Initiative, Intel’s Hack Harassment Coalition, and the American Association of University Women.