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Jessica Lara

Jessica joined Valley Vision in 2022 as a Project Manager, supporting the Listos California Emergency Preparedness campaign. Prior to joining Valley Vision, Jessica worked in early childhood education as an administrator in her hometown of Stockton, California. 

Professional Experience

Jessica began working in the nonprofit sector as a teenage volunteer supporting local  organizations with outreach, fundraising and event planning. After graduating college, Jessica worked in her hometown of Stockton, California working as a Disabilities and Mental Health Coordinator for several Migrant Head Start preschool centers supporting teaching staff and advocating for families with children with disabilities. Jessica has ground level experience working with hard to reach populations helping them access support and resources through outreach and advocacy. 


Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology – California State University, Sacramento


Rescuing animals. Discovering new art and music. Learning about different ways to be sustainable. Learning to cook vegan and vegetarian food. Finding new ways to stay active. Spoiling my rescue dogs (and cat).

Jessica’s Top 5 Strengths

  1. Adaptability – Prefers  to “go with the flow. Tends to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
  2. Individualization – Intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. Figures out how people who are different can work together productively.
  3. Connectedness – Have faith in the links between all things. Believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
  4. Learner – Great desire to learn and wants to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
  5. Restorative – Adept at dealing with problems. Good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it

CliftonStrengths is a talent assessment tool developed by Gallup to help individuals maximize their unique talents. At Valley Vision, all staff have the opportunity to take this assessment to help better understand their natural strengths and increase our team’s ability for radical collaboration.