A North Minneapolis native, Tess excelled in her journalism program at Drake University, during which she presided over the Coalition of Black Students and interned in business development with The Integer Group and in marketing/group sales with Iowa Events Center. Back in Minnesota, Tess served as a Digital Production Intern with On Being, then moved into her latest role as Communications & Engagement Coordinator for Appetite for Change.
In the span of five years, Tess has excelled in marketing, communications, production, and business development roles in agencies, on the client side, and with non-profits. She is well versed in customer service and thrives on building relationships — online and in person — while accomplishing a variety of demanding business goals.
To top it off, Tess has been selected a Fellow through two distinctive leadership programs — as a RISE Fellow in the New Sector Alliance and as a Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy Fellow through the African American Leadership Forum. Tess demonstrates several important qualities of a successful communicator: tenacity, patience, positivity, clarity, and follow through, accentuated by a lively sense of humor.