Jessica A. Levy
Jessica works in the intersections of education, the arts, and civic engagement. With twenty years in the nonprofit & public sectors, she has designed and implemented civic participation initiatives, arts-based community programs, and a variety of education, service, and advocacy events. Her work has included immigrant rights organizing, community education, and using drama-based approaches to learning and community-building. Jessica holds an M.A. in Applied Theater from CUNY School of Professional Studies and an M.A. in Adult Education & Community Development from the University of Toronto. She has taught graduate-level courses in teamwork and collaboration with the Industrial Design and Museum Studies programs at the University of the Arts. Jessica is also certified as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through the School for International Training. She currently teaches adult ESOL with District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund. Jessica was a co-founder of the Philadelphia Trainers' Collaborative, which, for four years, offered skill-sharing and networking opportunities for Philly-area trainers and educators interested in participatory approaches to education. She is energized by exploring approaches to embodied learning and by making creativity, arts, and design foundational to strengthening institutions, communities, and movements.