About Jessica

Jessica Cooper Anderson has lived in Chapel Hill for six years. During this time, she has volunteered for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club. Her prior civic engagement experience also includes work in a residential facility for homeless teenage mothers and volunteer work in skilled nursing facilities.

Jessica holds a Master’s in Public Policy (concentration in social policy) from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and has spent her professional career immersed in education policy at the national and state levels. Her in-depth knowledge of public policy makes her uniquely qualified to apply her skills in a local government setting.

Jessica currently serves as principal investigator on the statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program, and previously served as project director of the statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s Race to the Top program. In these roles, she has developed strong collaborative relationships with education leaders across the state, including State Superintendent June Atkinson, members of the general assembly and principals across the region.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, exercising and reading.