Jess is currently a senior leader at AWS in the EC2 Networking organization. Previously she was the first female CTO of a major media organization, Axios, and co-founder and CTO at Optoro. Jess got her start in tech in the ‘90s writing perl to configure Solaris machines. Over the years she’s contributed to Open Source and organized a number of communities, these days focusing on the DC Tech Slack and the DC-based Joy of Programming meetup.

Outside of the tech world Jess is a singer-songwriter, an improviser, a gamer, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a mom to the most wonderful, minecraft-obsessed 6 year old imaginable.

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