Jessica Hitt is a Scientist at EcoAdapt, manages the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE,cakex.org) Program, and provides research and programmatic support to a wide range of projects and research efforts. Jessica has been with EcoAdapt since 2009 and has broad experience training and building the capacity of adaptation practitioners, developing communities of practice, and facilitating adaptation knowledge exchange. In addition, Jessica created and managed the EcoAdapt-Allianz Foundation Youth Climate Change Initiative, which engaged youth in Washington, DC on climate change issues through an integrated educational program that focused on community action and civic engagement. She currently serves on the U.S. National Adaptation Forum’s Program Committee, the California Adaptation Forum’s General Advisory Committee, the Interagency Land Management Adaptation Group, and on UNEP’s Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Steering Committee.
Prior to joining the EcoAdapt team, she worked in the Climate Change Program at the World Wildlife Fund. During her time at WWF, she was part of a team that planned, taught and coordinated the WWF-Allianz Southeast Climate Witness Program, which involved 24 students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the WWF-HP Climate Camp in San Francisco, CA which brought together over 250 natural resource practitioners from over 30 countries to engage on climate adaptation. Jessica graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies. Jessica currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, the beach, and eating (especially Mexican food).