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, 36-year-old Jessica Morse has returned home to serve her community.
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. 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. 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. She served as an advisor to the four-star admiral at US Pacific Command, working on the US-India defense relationship. Later, she rejoined USAID, managing a multi-billion dollar budget that included USAID’s global food programs and Middle East aid programs. Jessica has a BA in Economics from Principia College and a Masters from Princeton University where she focused on nuclear non-proliferation.