Jessyca Dudley is an associate director at Arabella Advisors. She helps philanthropic organizations develop strategies, evaluate programs, and explore responsive fund development plans. Jessyca manages projects and advises clients focused on a variety of topics, including violence prevention, education, and public health. Jessyca also serves as the director of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy.
Prior to joining Arabella, Jessyca worked at the Joyce Foundation, where she developed grant-making and advocacy strategies to reduce gun deaths and injury in the United States. In this role, she directed the program’s effort to address and reduce racial disparities by developing staff and grantee capacity to advance racial equity. Jessyca also held positions with the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago. With these organizations, she has developed and implemented community-based prevention and outreach programs and conducted clinical and social science research to improve the health of communities in Chicago.
Jessyca holds an MPH in maternal and child health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in women’s studies from Skidmore College. Additionally, as a certified Community Health Education Specialist, Jessyca partners with community organizations to help create effective public health campaigns and programs.