As an experienced, thoughtful and skilled professional, I’m delighted to offer services that can move your organization forward. My background in community engagement, strategic partnerships, web design, high quality events and interim staffing are available to you.

Together we can find creative solutions to communicate your organization’s mission that helps you leverage your donors and engage community.



Developing strategies to connect your organization the the community and deepen your organizational relationships.

Web Experiences

Leverage your online presence to create an engaging platform for your audience and constituents.

Interim Staffing

Preparing for a temporary leave of some kind among your staff? Don't let time and deadlines fall through the cracks in the interim. 



Need help expanding your professional and organizational network? Are you looking for strategies to deepen your community relationships, engage donors or connect with the private sector? I will work with you to think through your overall organizational goals and set a plan to connect with the people and projects you need to be successful.

Interim Staffing

Often times a medical or parental leave, or other gap in human resources can cause a major disruption in progress for your organization. Not only have I held various types of positions in nonprofit organizations, I've held several interim and temporary positions. These experiences have made me adaptable, and quick to learn the important work that needs to be done. If you are anticipating needing coverage for a staff member, please give me a call to check availability.

Website Experience Design & Development

On occasion I am available to develop or overhaul websites for non-profit organizations building or moving to Squarespace. In this process I will work with you to design an experience for your audience that brings your work to life. Samples of websites I’ve designed or worked on include Del Mar Designs, Cappella Romana (Wordpress), The Circus Project (Wordpress), Business for Culture & the Arts, my own blog, Seeking Fireflies, and this website, Stern Creative Solutions, Inc. Please contact me to inquire about these services.

Strategic Events

Events can both boost an organization and also be a drain on the staff and volunteer base. Let’s keep to the former and make sure your events are strategic, creative and effective. I have over 9 years of experience conceptualizing, planning and producing high quality events, both small and large, and can help you create an experience that both accomplishes your mission and engages your audience.

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I’ve spent my career working with small, agile, creative nonprofit organizations and know first hand the difficulty of being the fundraiser, the marketing manager, the office manager, and oh, can you run that immensely important gala too please?

My goal is to make your job easier by taking some of those hats you wear, brushing them off and giving them new life. Most small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations don’t have the capacity to hire full time event staff,  community engagement personnel, or are going through a staff transition and need coverage at one point or another, but all organizations seek to share their mission, their work and their successes.

Before becoming a freelance consultant, I spent over four years working with Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA) in Portland, Oregon delivering programs that engaged employees from BCA’s 200+ business members, streamlining the office, managing all marketing and communications strategies and retaining and cultivating corporate and community partnerships. My work at BCA combined online and print marketing, corporate membership and sponsorship stewardship, and a heavy dose of event management.

Prior to BCA, I worked at Lewis & Clark College as a Conferences & Events Specialist, coordinating use of college facilities, managing contracted venue rentals and ensuring college spaces were used to their fullest potential. Additionally, I worked as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP) to promote and expand ZAP’s activities in the community.

I was the full time Development Manager for Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and served as Interim Director of Development and Marketing at Literary Arts.

I am a co-founder of Portland Emerging Arts Leaders (PEAL), Portland’s professional network for emerging arts administrators and producers. I have also served on the boards of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the Lewis & Clark Board of Alumni and Ko-Falen Cultural Center.

I graduated from Portland State University with Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Music and French Studies.

I love to travel, eat delicious local foods and explore the cultural and artistic landscapes of my community. I look forward to working with you!

“...A star in every area that counts.”

Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Jessica is fortunate indeed! She's a start in every area that counts.

— Bruce Livingston, Playwrite, Inc.

“...A consummate producer and organizer...”

The word "awesome" is over used; it should be saved and only rolled out for people like Jessica. I had the pleasure of working with her on a large event and have continued to call on her for connections and advice...She is calm when others are freaking out. She is wise beyond her years, and she gets s$%t done! I would work with her under any circumstances and suggest you do as well.

— Kate Sokoloff


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+1 (503) 468-7068

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