Jessica Kennedy is the Chief of Staff at Mental Health America, where she has worked for over a decade. An expert in nonprofit management, she began her career in operations before expanding her focus to screening, workplace mental health, public education, digital marketing, mental health policy, and program management. Jessica developed and launched Mental Health America's online screening program in 2014; the program has since collected nearly five million mental health screens and is recognized as the largest database of mental health screens in the world. She later managed the launch of a major expansion to the screening program that drew over five million web hits in its first year. She has authored content on substance use, trauma, bipolar disorder, and anxiety for the launch of the site. She helped develop Mental Health America’s Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health. She led the redesign of the Mental Health America website in 2013, increasing visitors from one million per year to six million per year during her time as webmaster. Jessica has published content on topics addressing caregiver issues, mental health and substance use conditions, and recovery. She speaks at conferences and meetings, often addressing mental health in the workplace or representing Mental Health America on topics ranging from policy to programs. She lives in Alexandria, VA, and loves the Washington Capitals, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family.
Mental Health America understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do. This means that we pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.