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Jessica Gelzer

Jessica Gelzer

Senior Communications Associate

Los Angeles, CA

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The Children's Partnership

Senior Communications Associate

In her role as Senior Communications Associate, Jessica advances the organization’s goals through a comprehensive communications approach and raises awareness of TCP's unique role in the children’s advocacy movement.

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Occidental College

Board of Governors

The Occidental College Board of Governors was founded in 1894. Each member serves a four-year term and helps to achieve the mission and duties of the Board.

RALLY (formerly Griffin Schein)

Senior Account Associate

At RALLY, Jessica Gelzer provided clients with a broad range of communications support, including media relations, strategic messaging, campaign development, and event planning. Jessica takes pride in assisting organizations craft a unique voice that elevates their work and advances progressive policy outcomes.

Fueled by a passion for equitable health advocacy, Jessica worked with The California Endowment to advance their Health Happens Here campaign. She supported a variety of The Endowment’s health-related awareness efforts and had a proven track record of placing media coverage and executing events with high-profile participants. Jessica also lead communications efforts for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, a mission-driven University dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved communities. Additionally, she worked with the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation on their Greenway 2020 campaign to connect all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. Her work on the campaign included building a campaign narrative, media relations and coalition building.

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City of West Hollywood

Policy Consultant

Prepared a research report for the Rent Stabilization and Housing Department; investigated programmatic and policy concepts for how to update the valuations guidelines for rent reductions; analyzed other cities for best practices in rent decreases and provided recommendations; attended a California Housing Consortium and learned about the most recent housing legislation and best practices from Rent Stabilization departments from cities across California.

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Urban and Environmental Policy Institute

Research Assistant

Researched national and ports good movement and the health, social, and environmental consequences of moving international freight through local communities; created fact sheets for press releases; edited citations; researched federal, state and local transportation initiatives; examined healthy food access in relation to transportation used in final, published report evaluating food access in South Los Angeles; researched California local food system issues in order to restructure and establish food hubs; interviewed farmers' markets by phone and online survey; evaluated data using Healthy Cities GIS systems:analyzed current public policies related to Farm to School to assist in the formation of new sites; identified Community Supported Agriculture laws and use in other states to be applied in Los Angeles.

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City of Los Angeles

Department of City Planning Intern

Met with developers, architects and other constituencies; reviewed plans and drawings; analyzed development agreements; interpreted Los Angeles Municipal Code Requirements and applied them to plans; organized specific plan project information and presented recommendations; Attended transit-oriented development training in Hollywood.

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Urban and Environmental Policy Institute

Administrative Assistant

Managed documents for professors and staff; converted filing system to an electronic format; transcribed audio files; documented invoices and reimbursements in a database system; used Microsoft Word, Excel and Access on a regular basis.

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Center for American Progress

Campus Progress Journalism Network Intern

Assisted in planning a Journalism Training Summit for 100 students; corresponded with students; evaluated potential journalism grant recipients; attended talks and meetings hosted by the Center for American Progress on various political topics; facilitated discussion at the Campus Progress National Conference.

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Coalition for Economic Survival

Community Organizing Intern

Assisted Section 8 recipients and tenants in HUD housing; planned meetings with community members and city representatives; represented tenants at Los Angeles County Housing Inspections; phone banked for City Council election.

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Occidental College

B.A., Urban and Environmental Policy

School for International Training

B.A., Social Justice and Sustainable Development, Fortaleza, Brazil

Granada Hills Charter HS