Jessica's commitment to making a difference in the non-profit world led her to run the Chicago Marathon in memory of a boy who died of cancer and the New York City Marathon in honor of a boy living with Emanuel Syndrome, a rare genetic disease. She has served on dozens of committees and chaired several fundraisers including a benefit for victims of the 2004 Thailand tsunami, a black-tie gala for children with rare chromosome disorders, and a clothing drive for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Most recently, Jessica put together a black-tie gala to support the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Actress Kelly Rutherford hosted the event, which attracted more than 600 guests and raised more than $250,000 in donations. To promote the cause, Jessica produced a celebrity music video with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Larry King, Wendy Williams, Nick Cannon, Ivanka Trump and several athletes, movie stars and fashion designers.
Jessica received her bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is one of the youngest people in the country to be named a regional finalist for the White House Fellows Program, the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and commitment to public service. She has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has received the Jewish International Connection of New York's Dedication to Jewish Life Award.
Jessica lectures around the country on a variety of journalism and philanthropy related topics. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and sits on the UJA-Federation's Broadcast, Cable & Film Committee and co-chairs the Young Entertainment Executive Committee. She is also involved with Sports Angels, the Ronald McDonald House and NY1's Diversity Council.
Jessica loves spending time with her family and friends, seeing Broadway shows, rooting for the NY Giants and playing matchmaker. She is the founder of Match 4 Good, Inc.; and, is currently working on her first book.
To watch Jessica's celebrity music video for "The Marrow Match Gala," click here.
To read her Huffington Post blog about the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, click here.
© Jessica Blair Abo 2010