Jessica MoralesDoug Ward
Senior Policy Associate
Prior to joining EducationCounsel, Jessi worked as a Policy Advocate for Generation Progress, the youth engagement arm of the Center for American Progress. Jessi’s work focused on addressing the issue of college academic preparedness after high school graduation, higher-education affordability, accessibility, and quality, to ensure that all individuals are able to obtain a college education without the burden of financial hardship.As an advocate for students, she served on the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee which established the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) income-driven repayment plan.
Ms. Morales is originally from the great state of Texas, where she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and minor in Political Communications. She began her career in policy by campaigning for local El Paso elections and working on issues concerning the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs as a congressional intern for Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). Prior to moving to the District of Columbia, Jessi worked as a policy consultant for the Texas State Teachers Association.