A light-skinned adult with shoulder length brown hair and glasses wears a pink shirt and dark blazer and smiles at the camera in a formal headshot.

Jessica Kemp graduated from Boston College in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in education. While working as a special education teacher, she earned a master’s degree in special education, also from Boston College.

Feeling the need for a change in direction, she left the classroom and began working as a legislative aide for then-State Representative Karen Spilka. She served as campaign manager on Rep. Spilka’s successful campaign for State Senate.

In January of 2005, Jessica began working as Senator Spilka’s chief of staff. During her time with Senator Spilka, she worked often with Advocates in the agency’s efforts to support individuals throughout the MetroWest area.

After a few years at home raising her children, Jessica rejoined the workforce. She worked for several years in a range of education and nonprofit organizations. In 2023, she started her own business providing special education consultation and advocacy to help families navigate the special education process.

Jessica joined Advocates’ Board of Directors in 2007 and was elected chair of the Board in 2015.

Jessica currently resides in Medfield with her husband Karl and their three children. In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking, and boating.