Jessica has spent her life living along the 1 train, grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and has resided in the Bronx with her family for more than two decades.
Jessica has been shattering glass ceilings throughout her career and left the corporate world to pursue her passion for the environment. She is deeply committed to women’s rights and equality and is an active member of 21 in ’21, an initiative to raise the number of women serving on the New York City Council from the current 12 to 21 of the 51 members.
As a life-long New Yorker, Jessica will use her environmental experience and technical know-how to build sustainable neighborhoods in the Bronx. She will work to modernize public transit, make our buildings energy efficient and resilient, bring 21st century skills to our public school children, strengthen community for seniors, and promote economic opportunity for all.
Jessica has spent more than a decade working on climate change issues. Former Vice President Al Gore named Jessica a leader of the Climate Reality Project, charged with educating the public on the climate crisis. Locally, Jessica has shared her climate expertise with a wide array of community groups and public school children.
As a tech entrepreneur, Jessica founded two companies and helped create jobs. She regularly mentors socially responsible start-ups and helped the NYC Comptroller’s Office implement new technologies for constituent services.
Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. She also is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, accredited professional with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Jessica is Vice Chair of the Board of Hazon, the largest faith-based environmental organization in the United States, a board member of the Riverdale Nature Preservancy and an advisory board member of Eden Village Camp, a non-profit sustainable-living "farm-to-table" camp.
Jessica is married to Dr. Chad Haller, an ophthalmologist, and is the mother of Leila, Avery, Chloe, and Mattie. They live in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx.