Jessica Ripper, Senior Associate, specializes in partnering with clients to promote systems change at the intersections of housing, health, and human services through research, stakeholder engagement, and organizational capacity building. She has 20 years of experience working with multidisciplinary teams to frame complex social issues in terms that move policymakers, community leaders, and the media to action. While at LDC, Ms. Ripper has guided multiple cities in Los Angeles County through the development of local homelessness plans, helped prepare a permanent supportive housing strategy for the City of Riverside, and facilitated organizational assessments for a variety of nonprofit clients. Prior to joining LDC, she worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she helped to develop a framework to guide public investment in evidence-based programs for children and youth. She has also held positions at Goodwill Industries International, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Walden Family Services, and has consulted for the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services and various nonprofit organizations. Ms. Ripper received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Language and Communications from American University and studied Communications and Leadership at Gonzaga University.