Jessica McCarthy began working in the nonprofit sector in 2010. She has a Bachelor’s of General Studies Degree in English from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a concentration in Art History, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri–Saint Louis. Jessica joined the Marian staff in August 2013 as Grants Assistant & Communications Coordinator. In 2014, she was promoted to Manager of Philanthropic Gifts. Jessica is responsible for overseeing all aspects of grant writing, prospecting, and solicitations; managing the organization’s website and social networking sites; coordinating all public affairs; creating and executing development, marketing, and communications materials and plans; and organizing and planning fundraising events. She is the staff liaison for the Marketing and Communications and Young Friends committees.