Jessica has more than 20+ years of progressively responsible experience in debt management, investment management and cash management.
Over the past several years Jessica has been a part of the development of a unique way of financing capital projects. This new method allows the County to borrow as needed compared to the historical method of borrowing all the funds at one time. This new process resulted in more than $ 15 million in interest savings on the New County Courthouse alone. This method is also being used to finance public school construction projects. Jessica was also a part of the implementation of an interest rate SWAP that currently provides annual debt service of more than $3 million dollars annually and cumulative savings in excess of $ 12 million. By thinking “out of the box” Durham County has been able to better afford the capital projects needed to support the growth in our community.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from NC State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Strayer University. She is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association (nationally & locally: GFOA) of which she is a past board member, served on the Treasury & Investment Management and Budget & Financial Planning Committees. She is past Vice-chair for the Black Caucus on the national level and past Vice-chair for the Black Caucus at the local NCGFOA. She is also a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and is past president for the NC Triangle local chapter of NFBPA.