Jessica holds a B.A. in English at St. Joseph’s University. After completing her MA at Rutgers, she worked as a domestic violence project coordinator and outreach worker at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as a domestic violence counselor at Women in Transition and as a Victim Advocate for the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Pa. Since 2010, Mertz has served as the Associate Director of the Penn Women’s Center and chaired the University-wide Penn Violence Prevention Committee. She serves on campus Title IX and sexual harassment working groups and also on Philadelphia’s Sexual Assault Advisory Council. She began her current position at Penn in 2014.
- Committee: Sarah MacMahon, Cheryl Clarke, Yana Rodgers
- Post-MA Employment/Education: Director of Student Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, University of Pennsylvania
- Thesis/Practicum: Practicum: Feminist Values vs. Jesuit Ideals: Establishing the Kristin Mitchell Foundation with the Kristen Mitchell Foundation