Jessica Adams serves as the Deputy Director for Healthcare Ready. In this role, she assists with strategic planning and oversight of the organization’s operations, projects, fundraising, emergency response team and operations center.
Prior to joining Healthcare Ready, Jessica spent nearly 20 years with the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. Most recently she served as the Executive Director for the National Capital Area Chapter, supporting the communities of Washington D.C., Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties. Jessica provided leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s mission, strategy, and service delivery through development of strategic partnerships with local government, community, military, and business leaders to raise awareness and funds for the Red Cross mission.
In her previous roles with Red Cross, Jessica expanded their volunteer efforts across the National Capital Region and managed a variety of readiness programs, community and corporate engagement initiatives. She supported National Capital Region preparedness efforts through her work on multiple Urban Area Security Initiative grants to assess and propose standards for mass care provision, regional planning efforts, and concept of operations for a multi-jurisdictional response for National Capital Region ESF #6 Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from American University and is a graduate of the Leadership Center for Excellence’s Leadership Arlington Signature Program (’16) and Leadership Fairfax’s Emerging Leaders Program (’09). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties.