Jessy has lived on the shores of Lake Superior since 1999. Before then, she grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, milking cows and exploring sand dunes. She loves the lakes and forests of The North, and spends as much time as possible paddling, skiing, hiking, and swimming in the Superior National Forest and the BWCAW. Jessy also likes gardening, baking bread and traditional Nordic sweets while listening to Radiolab; road biking; reading; and chickens. Jessy has degrees in biology, First Nations Studies, and environmental studies. She has worked at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve on water quality and invasive species management, conducted research into Inuit economic self-determination on the University of Ottawa’s CEDAC research team, and assisted with the EPA’s work in Western Duluth, focusing on urban redevelopment and environmental justice. Jessy is passionate about the power of community-building and local, sustainable, economic development to produce healthy human communities and healthy ecosystems.