Jessica was the best keynote speaker in terms of relevance and interest that I’ve ever heard at a conference.
— Anonymous, Southern Obesity Summit


Jess Lawrence is an enthusiastic, energetic, extroverted New Englander living in Eastern Kentucky by way of Portland, Oregon after twenty years. She started her career doing exactly what she wanted to do since her own high school experience—teaching 7th graders health education. In 2003, Jess was hired as the Health Education Curriculum Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, where she provided assistance and professional development to health teachers across Oregon. She also worked with a team of professionals to implement coordinated school health statewide. In 2006, Jess pursued a career as a national school & community health consultant, working with state departments of transportation, education, and health and non-profits to create healthier schools and communities. She writes curriculum, facilitates strategic planning processes, presents keynote addresses at conferences and facilitates adult learners.

Jess commits the time to regularly swim, run, bicycle, cook and travel internationally for vacation. Jess has lived in Chile and New Zealand. The majority of Jess’ television screen time is spent watching the best sport in the world, soccer! Her biggest weakness is mint chocolate chip ice cream.