After working for more than a decade as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, Jessica co-founded SMEXbeirut, with her husband Mohamad Najem, in May 2008. In addition to managing the overall strategy of SMEX, Jessica leads the development of all workshop and online course curricula. Periodically, she also teaches online and citizen journalism in the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut. She has lived in Lebanon since 2006 and has a master's degree in Media Studies from the New School in New York and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.