General Public Representative (Governor Appointee)
Jessica Bartholow (she/her/hers) has over two decades of experience in anti-poverty organizing, advocacy and program development at the local, state and national level. She has co-authored several advocate and program guides and led a coalition to support the passage and signature of over three dozen pieces of legislation that improve public benefits delivery, consumer protections, employment rights and financial empowerment for low-income Americans. She is a board member for the National Diaper Bank Network and National Alliance for Period Supplies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and is the recipient of many awards, including the 2020 Federal CalFresh Advocate of the Year Award (California Food Policy Advocates), 2019 Advocate of Justice Award (California Low-Income Consumer Coalition), 2019 Carol Jackson Award for Excellent Advocacy (United Ways of California), 2019 Mildred Parish Massey Legacy Award (Rep. Barbara Lee), 2018 Hunger Fighter Award (California Hunger Action Coalition) and the 2012 recipient of the Wellstone -Wheeler National Anti-Hunger Advocate of the Year Award.