California, 4th District
Having served her country for over a decade as a national security strategist with the Defense Department, State Department, and USAID, including over a year in Iraq, 35-year-old Jessica Morse has returned home to serve her community. Daughter of the Foothills: A fifth generation northern Californian, Jessica’s ancestors crossed the Sierras in covered wagons and settled outside of Auburn. Her great-great grandmother manned the telegraph booth at Donner Pass in the early 1900’s. Jessica and her family still manage hundreds of acres of the original forestland her ancestors pioneered. Good land management is in Jessica’s DNA. Outdoors Woman: An avid outdoorswoman, Jessica grew up hiking, fishing and hunting with her Dad throughout Northern California. Jessica hiked 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from North of Tahoe to Mt. Whitney – the entire length of California’s 4th district. Fearless Humanitarian: Jessica spent over a year in Baghdad with USAID at the height of the war serving side-by-side with our troops. She also worked in Ethiopia, Nepal, Myanmar and India promoting global stability. Budget Experience: While federal budgeting does not sound glamorous, it’s a useful tool for a Congresswoman. Jessica managed the multi-billion US foreign aid budget for Iraq at the State Department, working with the congressional appropriations committees to improve aid effectiveness. She later managed roughly half of USAID’s global budget. National Security: As an advisor to the commander of US Pacific Command (US military headquarters for Asia and the Pacific), Jessica strengthened the US-India defense relationship using renewable energy and worked to counter terrorist threats in South Asia. Jessica has a BA in Economics from Principia College and a Masters from Princeton University where she focused on nuclear non-proliferation.