Jessica Rose is a skilled financial manager, strategist, and business developer focused on alternative finance, social ventures, and non-profit management. As Director of Finance and Operations at the GIIN, she is responsible for providing stable financial management and strategic guidance, managing the organization’s risk profile, and developing process improvements across multiple operations functions that will support the GIIN in its mission objectives.
Jessica has spent her entire career working at the intersection of business and social impact, first as a microentrepreneur and community organizer, and later as a socially responsible business strategist and finance executive. Prior to joining the GIIN, Jessica served as Chief Financial Officer of a growing nonprofit think tank called The Democracy Collaborative, where she developed a reputation as a confident problem-solver adept at building effective financial management systems and leading technological and process improvements, while ensuring consistent financial management, compliance, and risk management. Jessica also brings a deep contextual understanding of the impact investing market. She was a driving force behind several national quality jobs initiatives, including OwnRochester, a municipally-sponsored cooperative business incubator, Employee Ownership News, a news service covering the cooperative and ESOP beat, and The Fund for Employee Ownership, a pilot impact investment fund designed to create quality jobs with ownership pathways. She is also the author of multiple publications on responsible capital strategies including the Guidelines for Shared Value Creation in Employee Ownership Transitions.
Jessica’s personal journey and community organizing experience inspired her passion for social enterprise, broad-based enterprise ownership, and other market-based solutions to inequality. She is a certified ESOP fiduciary and a Fellow with Rutgers University’s Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Jessica holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, where she was also recognized with the 2018 Alumni Award for her work to promote socially responsible business models.